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(as of 11/03/04)
20 Cities
99 Concerts
16,200+ Concertgoers

Total Raised Directly
for Kerry Campaign
(before July 29)

Total Raised with
Running for
Change PAC

Total Raised to
Defeat George Bush
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Recent Press Releases and Reports

October 19, 2004 – StopSinclair.org to deliver a 150,000-member petition at FCC DC HQ

October 13, 2004 – Concerts for Change to Deliver 100,000 Signatures to Sinclair Corporate Headquarters

October 11, 2004 – Concerts for Change Launches Online Campaign to Stop Sinclair Broadcast Group from Airing Anti-John Kerry Documentary

September 17, 2004 – Concerts for Change Asks Public’s Help to Give Away Thousands of Dollars to Swing State Democrats: Pennsylvania, Oregon, Iowa, Wisconsin, Missouri, and North Carolina

September 8, 2004 – Concerts for Change Launches Oregon v. Pennsylvania, www.ORvPA.org

August 10, 2004 – Announcement of Concerts for Change, in Partnership with Run Against Bush

August 1, 2004 – Concerts for Kerry Convention Report
Concerts for Kerry raises $207,000 for Kerry campaign

July 1, 2004 – Concerts for Kerry Exceeds $115,000 in Donations

Press Clippings

New York Times – 9/24/2004
"The Politics of Funny, or Vice Versa"
Unlike the easily read (or blue) electoral map, it's difficult to pinpoint exactly where you can regularly find political material in the major clubs.... That said, there are a few irregularly scheduled shows at alternative clubs or bars aimed at liberal-leaning audiences, like...the comedy shows that are part of Concerts for Change.... MORE

The Tufts Daily – 9/7/2004
"The Boss and Dave Are Doing It? Sign Me Up!"
Politics and art have quite the incestuous relationship these days.... Concerts for Change (formerly Concerts for Kerry) is a grassroots organization using concerts as a means of fundraising.... Upcoming events for Concerts for Change include a comedy night with Michael Ian Black and David Wain of Stella Comedy, A Klezmer for Change Night, and a "Retirement Party for George Bush." ... MORE

Playbill – 9/7/2004
"Voices for Change II Concert"
...[T]hose scheduled to take part in the 7 PM concert include...Gavin Creel...Christine Ebersole... Lypsinka, Tonya Pinkins, Tony Roberts, Christopher Sieber, Scott Wittman and several special guests. All proceeds from Voices for Change II will go to Running for Change, a "grassroots organization that mobilizes voters in the 17 battleground swing states." ... MORE

Best of WNY – September 2004
"Local Rock Musicians Organizing to Perform a Concert for Change"
...Some of Buffalo’s best known rockers are organizing to perform and promote a Concert for Change. The Buffalo Concert for Change will be just one in a series of concerts being held in major cities across the nation.... MORE

New York Times – 8/20/2004
"Boldface Names"
Alexandra Kerry was the surprise guest at the "Voices for Change" benefit for her father, JOHN KERRY, at Ars Nova on Wednesday night. ... MORE

Time Out New York – 8/3/2004
"Boldface Names"
These Kerry fundraiser shows just keep getting better – not that you should hold out for the next. Performing tonight are Pootie Tang writer Louis CK; David Wain, and Michael Showalter and Zak Orth of Stella and Wet Hot American Summer, Eugene Mirman, Jessi Klein and more. Politics never felt so funny.

Paper magazine – July 2004
"Mission Possible: Cultural Activists Unite to Bring Down Bush"
There are too many new engines of activity out there to list, so we picked some of our favorites: Concerts for Kerry.... Hipsters flock to their indie-rock concerts, comedy showcases and classical and jazz shows around the country. ... MORE

Village Voice – 7/26/2004
"Them Against Us"
... the first two of a week of Concerts for Kerry at the Living Room....[T]ops either night was Moby.... At a benefit last September, Kerry had joined Moby to sing and strum "Ring of Fire." Reprising that moment, Moby humanized our candidate. Who is human, you know. And ours. ... MORE

New York Daily News – 7/22/2004
"Two Parties, So Many Cool Bashes"
... legendary drag diva Lady Bunny [performed] at a recent Concerts for Kerry benefit featuring poets, dancers and spoken-word artists.... Another reason these parties are so popular is that the price is right. Tonight's example: Concerts for Kerry is having a benefit bash at 7:30 at Spirit in Chelsea, featuring deejays Mark Ronson and Spooky, live bands and the "comedy protesters" Billionaires for Bush. Tickets are $15.... MORE

Arizona Republic – 7/21/2004
"Bands to Rock Downtown Phoenix for Kerry"
The Phoenix show is being organized by state Rep. Ken Clark, D-Phoenix. "I like music, I like supporting downtown and I like John Kerry," Clark said. He said he hosted Kerry's first few trips to Arizona before he announced his candidacy for president.... MORE

Village Voice – 7/9/2004
"Musical Youth Support Kerry-Edwards Victory with Nationwide Concerts"
To combat what Columbus perceived to be "ads filled with lies and distortions," she and Gerney thought of concerts with a positive message, specifically for Kerry .... Soon, people all across the country found the Concerts for Kerry website and asked how they could help. In response, the group made a coordinator kit available for download .... Concerts for Kerry's outreach catches the eye of the 18-to-35-year-old demographic with relatively low ticket prices (roughly ranging from $10 to $40). Every single penny goes to the Kerry campaign.... MORE

ABC News' The Note – 7/8/2004
"ABC News Vote 2004: Kerry-Edwards '04"
They may not all be like tonight's concert at Radio City Music Hall, but "Concerts for Kerry has organized close to 40 concerts, including three at rock clubs in Boston. The organization's Web site, concertsforkerry.org, includes links to help bands set up pro-Kerry gigs. As of this week, Concerts for Kerry reported having raised $114,000." ... MORE

Boston Globe – 7/8/2004
"Musicians Band Together for Kerry Campaign"
"A lot of these musicians didn't participate in the past," says Nikki Columbus, a New York-based Democrat who in April helped found Concerts for Kerry, a coalition coordinating a half-dozen shows each week. "This time, even the most idealistic person understands that there's only so many people John Kerry can reach if he's traveling by bus. You need money to get out that message."... MORE

New York Daily News - 7/6/2004
"Kerry's Backup Bands"
... a grass-roots group called Concerts for Kerry is organizing club and theater shows, raising more than $100,000 so far with performances by dancer Savion Glover, saxophonist Joshua Redman and Jack Black's band, Tenacious D, among others.... MORE

Philadelphia City Paper – 7/1/2004
"Ted Leo and Concerts for Kerry Rock the Vote – at Whiskey Dix"
Last Sunday's show at Whiskey Dix, the fourth CfK event held in Philly, enlisted three local acts — Mazarin, The Capitol Years and South Congress — and a truly redoubtable headliner, Ted Leo and The Pharmacists.... Amanda Kimmel, a Philly organizer, hopes CfK will "encourage people to get excited about Kerry as candidate, just [because] people are doing alternative things, as opposed to $250-a-head fundraising dinners." ... MORE

New York Times – 6/30/2004
"Poking Fun at Politics, From the Left"
But sure enough, Mr. Martin was one of a handful of hipster comics gathered on Monday night at Pianos, the similarly cool rock club on Ludlow Street on the Lower East Side. The event, organized by Concerts for Kerry, was one of the series of cheap-ticket fund-raisers being staged at small clubs and bars to benefit Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts.... MORE

RollingStone.com – 6/28/2004
"Poe, Friends Rock for Kerry"
The Living Room in New York City will host Duncan Sheik, Joseph Arthur, Jesse Malin, Jesse Harris and Clem Snide's Eef Barzelay on July 20th.... [The concert is] being organized in conjunction with the Concerts for Kerry Organization ... which has hosted almost twenty shows so far this year .... MORE

BET Jazz – 6/18/2004
"Jazz Musicians Unite for John Kerry"
Some of the most illustrious musicians in jazz banded together to raise money in support of U.S. presidential candidate, John Kerry.... The all-star fundraising concert, "Jazz for America's Future" was produced in conjunction with Concerts for Kerry, a grassroots organization sponsoring musical events of various genres around the country.... The impetus for a jazz concert came from noted pianist Aaron Goldberg, best known for his work with saxophonist Joshua Redman. ... MORE

Boston Phoenix – 6/18-24/2004
"Combat Rock: Concerts for Kerry"
... that's where Concerts for Kerry comes in, a grassroots New York City-based organization created this past March by the architects behind KerryConnector.com - essentially, MeetUp.com for Kerry supporters. Conceived as simply another attempt to figure out, as co-founder Arkadi Gerney puts it, "what else we could do" .... MORE

Amsterdam News – 6/10/2004
"Artists Get Jazzed for Kerry"
So if you like great jazz and want to see President Bush and his cohorts scuttle for different day jobs come November, then you may want to buy yourself a front-row seat at the Society for Ethical Culture this Monday, June 14th. Jazz for America's Future, in conjunction with Concerts for Kerry, is producing a jazz revue aimed to convert even the most apolitical diehard. ... MORE

Philadelphia City Paper – 5/6/2004
"Concerts for Kerry"
If indie rock was in any way financially viable it probably wouldn't be indie rock, but maybe the Concerts For Kerry phenomenon - little fundraising rock shows in NYC, Philly and a few other places - is mostly about making a statement. The Capitol Years, This Radiant Boy and other local rockers come together to make a couple bucks for John Kerry's campaign. Stay tuned for more.

NYC24 – 4/18/2004
"A Concert for Kerry: Politics Goes Country"
Making the biggest contribution to the night's entertainment was Mike Gomez, lead singer of Wormwood, who played all three sets for all three bands.... Playing at a Concert for Kerry wasn't a hard sell. "I accepted with great joy. I really wanted to do it," Gomez said. "The Bush Administration, the current one, has made me much more political than I used to be," he says. "I always vote, but the Neoconservative Blues was the first protest song I wrote because I felt I had to." He said he wants to write more protest music.... MORE

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