It’s Election Day! And it’s so important to do your civic duty, VOTE, and make your voices heard. To encourage folks to head to the polls, a handful of music-centric events are happening all day long, in person and online. Here are three that caught our eye, and would make your perfect voting after-party.
The idea behind the nation-wide iVoted festival is simple and fun; snap a selfie outside your polling place when you vote, and use that to RSVP for a free video webcast concert beginning at 4 p.m. ET. There are 16 virtual “stages” filled to the brim with XPN faves like Lake Street Dive, Shakey Graves, Los Lobos, Quinn Christopherson and more. Of particular interest to us is the “Pennsylvania Stage,” which collects an array of local / regional artists like Jackson Pines, Tioga, and Jeffrey Gaines. [INFO / RSVP]
Joy To The Polls!
Seriously, though, how cool would it be if you got in line to vote and the legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff was spinning a set at your polling place? It could happen as part of Joy To The Polls, a nationwide initiative that puts on pop-up electoral programming in different cities at their polling places. If you live in Atlanta, you could see concerts from Remi Wolf and Baby Tate. In Philly, we’re taking the DJ route, and local legends like Jeff — not to mention DJ Diamond Kuts, Cosmo Baker, and Questlove — will spin your voting soundtrack throughout the day. If those cities aren’t geographically convenient to your ward or district, fear not: artists like Allison Russell, Bartees Strange, Black Thought and Valerie June have created Joy To The Polls playlists you can find at their Linktree. [INFO]
Promote The Vote
Set in The Lounge at World Cafe Live, three Philly artists are filling out this solid bill sponsored by The League of Women Voters. Sonic adventurer Erin Dillard, aka emospacebird., opens the gig, with Philly indie rock four-piece Queasy in the middle slot, and headlining is locally-rooted indie pop singer-songwriter Julia Pratt. Whether you’re hanging out watching the results trickle in on your phone or simply enjoying the music, it’ll be a great night…and it’s FREE! What’s not to love? [INFO / RSVP]
To find out more about what you need to know to vote, visit rockthevote.org. From there you can find a variety of tips and helpful information including checking your voter registration status, looking for your local polling center, or to confirm that your mail-in ballot was received.