Dave Matthews, Bob Weir, Diplo, More Set For Georgia Comes Alive Benefit Stream

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Artists including Dave Matthews, Diplo and Bob Weir will unite the day after Christmas to get out the vote for Georgia’s upcoming U.S. Senate runoff elections.

During the pandemic, Live For Live Music, voter engagement outfit HeadCount and philanthropic organization PLUS1 have collaborated with several organizations to stage three jam-oriented, charitable virtual music festivals: Quarantine Comes Alive (May 30), Justice Comes Alive (June 28) and Democracy Comes Alive (October 3).

The team is reuniting December 26 for Georgia Comes Alive, an 11th hour push for Georgia voters to cast ballots in the state’s two January 5 runoff elections for the U.S. Senate announced Wednesday.

The stacked lineup includes Dave Matthews, Diplo, Portugal. The Man, Ben Folds, Big Freedia, Billy Strings, Drive-By Truckers’ Patterson Hood, Warren Haynes, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and a new supergroup, The Lame Ducks, comprised of the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir, Widespread Panic’s Dave Schools, Dead & Company’s Jeff Chimenti and Bob Weir & Wolf Bros’ Jay Lane.

Other booked performers include Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith, Grace Potter, Tank and the Bangas, Blind Boys of Alabama, Big Gigantic, The Allman Betts Band, Galactic, Los Lobos, Mihali and Andy Frasco and the U.N.

Georgia Comes Alive announced Thursday that it had added Phil Lesh & Friends, Mike Mills ft. Big Something, Houndmouth and Grouplove to its bill.

Like previous Comes Alive events, SiriusXM’s Ari Fink will host George Comes Alive, which will stream on nugs.net on December 26 at 3 p.m. ET.

The event will support local grassroots organizations including Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda and CivicGeorgia, and is being produced by Live For Live Music founder Kunj Shah, AEG Rocky Mountains president Don Strasburg and Fandiem president and Okeechobee Music Festival co-founder Paul Peck.

“The stakes are incredibly high in the Georgia runoffs,” Shah said in a statement. “The fate of the music industry, struggling small businesses around the country, and our democracy as a whole are at stake. With Georgia Comes Alive, we hope to once again channel the power of music to support the grassroots organizations getting people to the polls in January and shine a national spotlight on the importance of participation in democracy.”

The three prior Comes Alive events raised nearly $300,000 for charity and garnered close to two million views.