Dave Matthews Delivers at Vote for Change Concert 

  Dave Matthews Delivers at Vote for Change Concert 

Posted by CN Staff on October 06, 2004 at 08:58:05 PT
By Rob Thomas 
Source: Capital Times 

You should feel sorry for any Republican Dave Matthews fans who skipped Tuesday's Vote for Change benefit concert at the Kohl Center, afraid that the event would turn into an anti-Bush rally.True, proceeds from the show, which also featured Ben Harper, Jurassic 5 and My Morning Jacket, went to America Coming Together, a progressive get-out-the-vote organization. Other activists were on hand outside the arena and roaming the hallways, handing out postcards for the John Kerry documentary "Going Upriver" and signing volunteers up.
"I think it'll drum up support for progressive candidates," said student Abby Davidson, who was handing out the "Going Upriver" cards. "It'll help get out the vote for young people, who don't traditionally come out on Election Day."But the concert itself was surprisingly light on politics. There were no political speakers between sets, no ads on the large video screens, not even a "Vote for Change" banner behind the stage. Instead, it was just a great night of music from start to finish, nearly five hours' worth.That seemed to be what fans like John Pulkrabek, 29, wanted. Before the show, Pulkrabek, who described himself as undecided but "leaning left" for this year's presidential election, said he wasn't looking to be preached to. "I'm just hoping for as much music as possible, and from what I've heard, that's how it is."  Downplaying politics was the safe bet for the artists, and it was probably the smart bet, too. After all, there were almost 12,000 people in the audience, and it's doubtful all of them had subscriptions to "Mother Jones." It was a much more wide-ranging audience than, say, the Ani DiFranco and Margaret Cho show at the Overture Center last week, so it made sense to keep the message inclusive rather than exclusive.The genial Matthews did make one political statement during his band's two-and-a-half-hour set, but even that began as nonpartisan. "When you're in that booth on Nov. 2, it's all up to you who to vote for, and good luck to you," he told the audience. "Having said that, my personal feeling is that we need a change in this country." That comment got a huge ovation from the crowd.Matthews and his band spoke even louder with a terrific set that underscored why they've been one of the best live bands in the business for over a decade now. While some of their songs can sound a little "white bread" on the radio, in concert the band jolts those same songs to life with clever and unorthodox arrangements and fantastic musicianship. What other popular band gives a violinist and a horn player such prominent roles?Songs like "So Much To Say" can explode from a quiet acoustic shuffle to a noisome funk-rock blast, then shift sideways into a drum solo or an acoustic jam. Every member of the Dave Matthews Band is tops with their instrument, and their collective sound is built around their individual styles.The set started off slow and languid, and then shifted into high gear about halfway through with hits like "Too Much" and "Tripping Billies." For the closer, Matthews invited Harper on stage for a ferocious cover of Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower." Usually such pairings are more for show than anything else, but it was a great combination, with the precise dance of Matthews' acoustic guitar played against the big, Hendrix-like growls of Harper's electric guitar.Harper's own 50-minute set found him to be much more energized than in recent Madison appearances, where he played most of the show while seated. At the Kohl Center, he bounded and danced around the stage, at one point hurdling over his percussionist. His music was similarly juiced up, jumping from reggae ("My Own Two Hands") to funk ("Steal My Kisses") to soul ("Brown Eyed Blues"). Harper's own political remarks came when he made a pro-marijuana reference before singing "Burn One Down," and then I think he tried to turn it into a subtle jab at President Bush. It was hard to hear, though, because all the college students were still cheering the pro-marijuana reference so loudly. The hip-hop group Jurassic 5 wasn't nearly so subtle when it referenced POTUS (president of the United States) in their song "Ducky Boy." At one point in the song, they shouted out a three-word phrase, the last two words of which are "the president."Five different Vote for Change tours are under way this week. John Mellencamp and Babyface were in Milwaukee last night, while Bruce Springsteen and R.E.M. were in St. Paul. All the tours will converge in Washington, D.C., on Monday for a grand finale concert that will be carried live on WMMM/FM 105.5 and the Sundance Channel.Source: Capital Times, The (WI)Author: Rob ThomasPublished: October 6, 2004 Copyright: 2004 The Capital TimesContact: tctvoice madison.comWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives

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Comment #19 posted by FoM on October 11, 2004 at 13:41:17 PT

We're Getting Ready For a Night of Music!
The finale of the Vote for Change Tour starts at 6:30 ET until 11:30 ET. We are getting everything done so we can totally enjoy this concert. We had to subscribe to Showtime to get the Sundance Channel but we did. My husband is out buying a VCR just so we can tape it and have it converted to DVD when we can. It will be online for those who might want to check it out. Have a great night everyone. I sure know we will. I can't imagine that Neil won't show up for this finale. I have a friend that is at the event and I know I'll hear all about it when she gets home.
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Comment #18 posted by FoM on October 09, 2004 at 11:40:00 PT

Update On The Vote For Change Tour

'Vote for Change' Tour To Be Broadcast on TV, Web 
Thomas DimopoulosOctober 9, 2004 
 Earlier this month, Bruce Springsteen, R.E.M. and other politically minded musicians hit the road in 'battleground states' staging the 'Vote for Change' tour. Segments of Monday night's concert will be broadcast live from Washington, D.C., on the Sundance Channel. The concert will be broadcast in its entirety on the Web via RealPlayer and on a number of radio stations across the country, although information regarding regional outlets carrying the show were not immediately available.Among the artists slated to appear Monday are Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Dave Matthews Band, the Dixie Chicks, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, John Fogerty, John Mellencamp, Jurassic 5, Keb' Mo', Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds, Pearl Jam and R.E.M.Springsteen and his E Street Band are arguably the tour headliner. The band has been opening up its segment of the show with a rendition of 'The Star Spangled Banner' and peppering its two-hour set with collaborators John Fogerty -- for versions of 'Fortunate Son,' and 'Proud Mary,'-- and members of R.E.M. Additional 'surprise' guests appearing during the tour have included Neil Young, who showed up with Springsteen in Minnesota to perform 'Rockin' in the Free World' and 'All Along the Watchtower.'Beginning 6:30 Monday night, the Sundance Channel will broadcast the documentary film 'National Anthem: Inside the 'Vote for Change' Concert Tour,' featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the concert series. The film is a collaboration between Albert Maysles and D.A. Pennebaker. Maysles is half the Maysles Brothers filmmaking team who chronicled the Rolling Stones 1969 tour in the film, 'Gimme Shelter.' Pennebaker's films have included 1960s works depicting the 'Monterey Pop' festival and 'Don't Look Back,' featuring Bob Dylan. Live performances from the Washington, D.C., show will follow the documentary, according to the Sundance Channel, although it is unclear which segments of the show will be aired. The TV broadcast is scheduled from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Monday. The Vote for Change tour wraps up Oct. 13 in New Jersey. Copyright: Saratogian 2004 For those who might be interested. I'm listening to the Toledo show with Pearl Jam and I think Neil soon. You need to follow the directions in this link if you are interested and have a high speed connection. 
Rust Radio Online with VFC Shows:

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Comment #17 posted by FoM on October 08, 2004 at 16:27:51 PT

Vote For Change Tour
For those who might be interested. I'm listening to the Toledo show with Pearl Jam and I think Neil soon. You need to follow the directions in this link if you are interested and have a high speed connection. Rust Radio Online with VFC Shows:
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Comment #16 posted by FoM on October 07, 2004 at 12:48:33 PT

Heads Up: Vote For Change Finale
How you can see the Vote For Change FinaleVote for Change wraps-up its 33 city, 11-state tour with a grand finale set for Monday, October 11th in Washington, D.C. with a sold out show at the MCI Center. Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Dave Matthews Band, Dixie Chicks, Jackson Brown, James Taylor, Jurassic 5, Keb’ Mo’, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Pearl Jam and R.E.M will perform.This unprecedented and historic concert will be accessible to millions via a live broadcast on the Sundance Channel entitled “National Anthem: Inside the Vote for Change Concert Tour.” It will also be webcast on via RealNetworks, and broadcast on more than 35 radio stations nationwide in 20 states.
A breakdown of the viewing and listening opportunities follows: Sundance Channel:Sundance Channel will broadcast a television special titled National Anthem: Inside the “Vote for Change” Concert Tour; a documentary film consisting of behind-the-scenes footage from the tour by acclaimed filmmakers Albert Maysles and D A Pennebaker and live performances from the final “Vote for Change” concert in Washington D.C. on October 11. National Anthem will air on Monday, October 11, 2004 from 6:30pm to 11:30pm ET/PT. Webcast on (provided by RealNetworks):The entire grand finale concert will be Web cast live for free through the RealPlayer. Viewers are encouraged to download the free RealPlayer (for Windows, Mac or Linux desktops) in advance of the October 11th grand finale, at addition, the broadcast is set to be carried live by satellite and will be offered to radio stations across all markets in an effort to bring the Vote for Change message to a broad, nationwide audience. To date, Music Choice, XM Satellite Radio, Sirius Satellite Radio and stations across 20 states have confirmed they will carry this timely event. (Check local listings for stations and affiliates taking part in this broadcast).Vote for Change BackgroundThe Vote for Change tour came out of an informal conversation among a handful of artists on how they could make a difference in this year’s elections and beyond. This idea has resulted in a first-of-its-kind endeavor where Vote for Change participating artists will focus their energies on the states where the elections are expected to be the closest.
To address this need for change, Vote for Change artists assembled a list of reasons why a change of administrations is essential to our nation. These are being handed out to an estimated 280,000 people at the 37 tour stops. The reasons include: 
One million jobs lost and counting, the worst record since the Great Depression. 
1,000 soldiers dead and 7,000 maimed and wounded in Iraq – no weapons of mass destruction, no link between Saddam and 9/11, no plan for getting out. 
Biggest budget deficits in history – if you’re young, you’ll pay for decades. $200 billion for Iraq with no end in sight; less money for our local schools, health care and jobs. The loose coalition of Vote for Change artists includes Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Bonnie Raitt, Bright Eyes, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Dave Matthews Band, Death Cab for Cutie, Dixie Chicks, Jackson Brown, James Taylor, Jurassic 5, Keb’ Mo’, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, My Morning Jacket, Pearl Jam, R.E.M. These artists are touring simultaneously in 11 battleground states over the course of 15 days in an effort to get people to vote for change on November 2. All Vote for Change shows are presented by MoveOn PAC to benefit America Coming Together (ACT). All Vote for Change artists are donating their time and talent in support of the tour. For more information on Vote for Change, visit or
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Comment #15 posted by FoM on October 07, 2004 at 12:40:21 PT

Rocking the Youth Vote--From 1972 to 2004
October 7, 2004The same week a federal judge in Los Angeles ordered the FBI to release the last ten pages of its file on John Lennon, a group of rock musicians, headed by Bruce Springsteen, began an election-year concert tour of battleground states. The two recent events had a strange but distinct resonance. Complete Article:
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Comment #14 posted by FoM on October 07, 2004 at 08:30:11 PT

Thank you. I didn't see it repeated and wasn't sure. I didn't even know they were talking about Canada and MJ in the news. That's good to know!
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Comment #13 posted by westnyc on October 07, 2004 at 07:46:48 PT

I think it was about a cafe!
FOM - I think the news snippet you saw was about a restaurant in Vancouver that was serving cannabis as a side-dish; it was raided by the police there for doing so. :-)
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Comment #12 posted by ekim on October 06, 2004 at 17:52:44 PT

           catch the Leap tour near you
Oct 10 04 Unitarian Universalist Ocean County Congregation 10:30 AM Martin Haines Bayville New Jersey USA 
 The Unitarian Universalist Ocean County Congregation welcomes Speaker Judge Martin Haines to discuss the failures of drug prohibition. Oct 12 04 Bronx Rotary Club 12:15 PM Peter Moskos Bronx New York USA 
 Only positive cheers welcome Speaker Peter Moskos to the Bronx Rotary Club for discussion of the failure of drug prohibition. Oct 14 04 National Latino Peace Officers Association Conference 08:00 AM Howard Wooldridge Miami Florida USA 
 The National Latino Peace Officers Association Conference welcomes Board Member Howard Wooldridge and Speakers Marshall Franks and Ethel Rowland to give an alternative view to America's failed war on drugs. Oct 14 04 Where is Plan B? 05:00 PM Jack Cole Syracuse New York USA 
 Executive Director Jack Cole will attend the Syracuse Council Hearings in response to calls for changing local drug policy. Mr. Cole will explain the failure of prohibition and offer alternative strategies that the city of Syracuse can enact. Oct 15 04 Mabuhay Lions Club 07:00 PM Peter Christ Anchorage Alaska USA 
 The Mabuhay Lions Club welcomes Board Member Peter Christ for discussion of alternatives to America's failed war on drugs. Oct 22 04 KFRU AM 1400 08:40 AM Howard Wooldridge Columbia Missouri USA 
 Board Member Howard Wooldridge appears on radio station KFRU AM 1400 to discuss issues related to the failure of drug prohibition. Oct 22 04 Boone County Muleskinners 12:00 PM Howard Wooldridge Columbia Missouri USA 
 Sharpen your blade when Board Member Howard Wooldridge meets the Boone County Muleskinners for luch and discussion of the failure of drug prohibition. Oct 22 04 Missouri University Law School 03:00 PM Howard Wooldridge Columbia Missouri USA 
 Members of the Missouri University Law School welcome Board Member Howard Wooldridge for discussion of social and legal issues related to America's failed war on drugs. Oct 23 04 University of Missouri NORML Chapter 08:00 AM Howard Wooldridge Columbia Missouri USA 
 The University of Missouri NORML Chapter welcomes Board Member Howard Wooldridge as its keynote speaker to its state conference.
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Comment #11 posted by FoM on October 06, 2004 at 14:26:50 PT

ON MSNBC with Lester Holt
I missed exactly what was said because I have the sound muted. I'm not sure if they are going to do something on Cannabis or not but I thought I'd mention it. They showed a person breaking cannabis up to get ready to roll it.
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Comment #10 posted by Druid on October 06, 2004 at 14:13:42 PT

 Is the US Playing Politics with Pot Research?
I think another version of this article was posted here: anyway....Is the US Playing Politics with Pot Research?
For three decades, politicians and bureaucrats have ignored research on marijuana's role in cancer prevention
By Paul Armentano
Special to Betterhumans
10/6/2004 3:10 PM Clinical research published recently in the journals Cancer Research and BMC Medicine touting the ability of cannabis to stave the spread of certain cancers is the latest in a three-decade long line of studies demonstrating pot's potential as an anticancer agent.Not familiar with this research? You're not alone.For more than 30 years, US politicians and bureaucrats have turned a blind eye to any and all science indicating that marijuana may play a role in cancer prevention, a finding that was first documented as early as 1974. That year, a research team at the Medical College of Virginia (acting at the behest of the federal government, which must preapprove all US research on marijuana) discovered that cannabis inhibited malignant tumor cell growth in culture and in mice. According to the study's results, reported nationally in an August 18, 1974, Washington Post newspaper feature, marijuana's psychoactive component THC, "slowed the growth of lung cancers, breast cancers and a virus-induced leukemia in laboratory mice, and prolonged their lives by as much as 36 percent."Despite these favorable preliminary findings, US government officials dismissed the study (which was eventually published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute in 1975), and refused to fund any follow-up research until conducting a similar—though secret—clinical trial in the mid-1990s. That study, conducted by the US National Toxicology Program to the tune of two million dollars, concluded that mice and rats administered high doses of THC over long periods had greater protection against malignant tumors than untreated controls.Rather than publicize their findings, government researchers once again shelved the results, which only came to light after a draft copy of the findings were leaked in 1997 to a medical journal which in turn forwarded the story to the national media.Nevertheless, in the eight years since the completion of the National Toxicology trial, the US government has yet to encourage or fund additional, follow-up studies examining the drug's potential to protect against the spread of cancerous tumors.------------snipped-----------
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Comment #9 posted by FoM on October 06, 2004 at 13:41:16 PT

I'm Really In A Good Mood Today
We are getting close to the end of this difficult time. Soon our future will be determined by who is our next president. Even if Bush wins I am so proud of all the people and musicians that stood up to fight the powers that be. I'll never forget it. I hope others realize how much effort it must have taken for musicians to stand up for change. I know people who have been to the concerts and say they are just wonderful. I live in constant hope of a better world. If I felt that there was no hope I just wouldn't care. I mind negative news and yet I've had to post my fair share but now we just might be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. 
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Comment #8 posted by siege on October 06, 2004 at 13:16:16 PT

   Smoked to much cannabis Bull Sh-t
Violence in court as killer is jailedBRIAN HORNEVIOLENCE erupted in court today as a crazed killer who stabbed an Edinburgh man to death over a computer game was jailed for life.David Reid, 21, spat at members of his victim’s family as he was about to be led to the cells.
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on October 06, 2004 at 10:47:04 PT

All Tripped Up
By Jeremy Lott, ReasonOctober 6, 2004The author of the new book 'Bad Trip' discusses why anti-drug laws are the terrorist's best friend and what this year's election means for the war against drugs. Joel Miller's first book, Bad Trip: How the War Against Drugs is Destroying America (WND Books), is a devastating examination of government anti-drug policies. Publishers Weekly calls the book a "well-researched, bitingly written account," and "a formidable challenge to the reigning prohibitionist orthodoxy."Miller, a former aide for the California legislature, is a veteran of several now-defunct online start-ups (including the libertarian e-zine Real Mensch) and the former commentary editor at He was senior editor at WND Books, a collaboration between the website and publisher Thomas Nelson, and is now senior editor at Nelson Current.Though Miller's personal tastes run more to home-brewed beer and pipe tobacco, he started writing regularly about the war against drugs while working for WorldNetDaily. "Bad Trip" has been praised by ABC Radio host Larry Elder and Fox News legal correspondent Judge Andrew P. Napolitano. Miller spoke with former colleague Jeremy Lott on the ingenuity of drug smugglers, on why anti-drug laws are the terrorist's best friend, and on what this year's election means for the war against drugs.Complete Article:

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Comment #6 posted by FoM on October 06, 2004 at 10:41:25 PT

News Article from The UK
Knock The Vote:,14259,1321113,00.html
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Comment #5 posted by E_Johnson on October 06, 2004 at 10:13:29 PT

Rush loses in court
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on October 06, 2004 at 09:59:23 PT

Thank you. I read that he didn't make it. He never bounced back after his surgery. Rest in Peace Rodney. Maybe now he will get respect.
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Comment #3 posted by Druid on October 06, 2004 at 09:56:57 PT

R.I.P. Rodney Dangerfield
Rodney Dangerfield died yesterday at age 82 due to complications after Heart Surgery.I bring this up here because Rodney has used Marijuana for 60 years.,0,1119884.story?coll=ny-homepage-promo
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Comment #2 posted by Gary Storck on October 06, 2004 at 09:15:27 PT

another article from today's Cap Times
LANDLORDS COULD FACE STIFF PENALTIESIllegal skateboarders and dope smokers won't feel the sting of a series of proposed city fine increases, but owners of loud cars and bad landlords would pay plenty.Ald. Mike Verveer is proposing to at least double the fines on nearly 100 ordinance violations.Some fines would see even bigger jumps: Landlords who fail to give 24-hour notice before entering a tenant's apartment, for instance, would be subject to a $784 citation, up from $71. The fine for landlords who seize a tenant's personal property would go from $102 to $784.Fines that won't change are $65 for illegal skateboarding, $164 for underage consumption of liquor off a licensed premise, and $102 for the "casual" possession of marijuana.Among other fines that would increase under Verveer's proposal:. Vandalism: $288 to $412.. Retail theft: $164 to $288.. Abuse of animals: $164 to $288.. Motor vehicle noise: $71 to $164.. Child enticement: $300 to $1,280.. Failure to obtain a building permit: $102 to $288.. Littering: $71 to $164.Verveer said he is decreasing at least one fine: the penalty for setting off illegal fireworks.Because police officers reported they were reluctant to enforce the law and hit people with a $660 fine, Verveer is suggesting the penalty be knocked down to $412.The downtown alderman said the proposed hikes are aimed at promoting voluntary compliance of the city's laws, but acknowledged they would also bring much needed cash to the city."Obviously, it will have a positive influence on city revenues," Verveer said on Tuesday.Some ordinance violations, such as retail theft and vandalism, are big revenue generators, he said. Other penalties are rarely invoked because police instead charge the individual under state criminal law for such offenses as child enticement, he added.Verveer estimated the increased fines, which he plans to introduce to the City Council on October 19, would produce about $200,000 in additional revenues.Mayor Dave Cieslewicz's $193 million budget, introduced to the City Council Tuesday night, already incorporates the as-yet unapproved forfeitures into its bottom line.The mayor's budget is also counting on some $200,000 in additional revenue from alcohol-related ordinance violations, which the City Council approved Tuesday night.Last year, after Cieslewicz introduced his 2004 budget, Verveer introduced a budget amendment that raised permit and license fees and was estimated to generate $700,000 in additional revenues.City Comptroller Dean Brasser said the estimate was on target."Generally speaking, all general fund revenues are tracking close to budget this year," he said.City Council members used some of that additional revenue last year to add items to the mayor's budget. Verveer, for instance, funded janitor positions that had been cut. 
Madison NORML
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on October 06, 2004 at 09:01:25 PT

Just a Comment
This is a little off topic but they did mention marijuana and I highlighted it. I think the tour is turning out to be a great success!
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