Nashville’s Moon Taxi Pulls Out Of Voter Registration Show In Ohio

Moon Taxi

Moon Taxi

Nashville rock band Moon Taxi has dropped out of a voter registration concert in Cleveland, Ohio, on Monday (July 18). The planned concert coincides with the Republican National Convention currently underway there.

A nonpartisan organization called headcount.org is staging multi-artist shows in conjunction with both political parties’ conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia. Grace Potter and Dawes will take part in the event during the Democratic National Convention next week.

According to jambands.com, the group feels that the show “is no longer a nonpartisan statement for us.” The band’s statement published on that site reads:

Due to the current political climate, we no longer feel comfortable performing at the nonpartisan Headcount.org event in Cleveland next week to promote voter registration. This is a divisive election, and we have always tried to support participation within the voting process through our friends at Headcount.org, but this performance is no longer a nonpartisan statement for us, the band. We are very respectful of the fact we have fans across the broad political spectrum, and we continue to encourage our fans to participate in the voting process.

Moon Taxi performed at the Ryman Auditorium during the multi-act Dylanfest celebration of Bob Dylan’s 70th birthday on May 23. The band is scheduled to play its next full Nashville show as a Live on the Green concert on September 3.

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