Musicians to serenade voters at polling locations
For Boston cellist Mike Block, this year's polarized mid-pandemic election is literally noteworthy.
My name is Mike Block. I'm a musician and I'm organizing Play for the vote. We are putting on musical performances at polling locations across the country from now through Election Day. Our goal is simple. We're hoping to create a more positive voting experience for the country on what otherwise might be a stressful day. We've got hundreds of musicians from 39 states and the District of Columbia who have signed up to play for the vote, and we also have a number of organizations and music institutions that are becoming producers and organizing their own performances at locations in their community. We're bringing musicians of all backgrounds together. You know, classical folk, singer, songwriter, rock, jazz. All music is welcome, and our goal is to create a unifying, shared experience. So, you know, we're explicitly a political, and we're We have strict guidelines for our performers to make sure that we're not engaging in the political discussion on, So it's really, you know, musicians from college professionals, Grammy Award winning bluegrass musicians thin this pandemic environment. Musicians aren't able to go play concerts, and so this is really the kind of the perfect storm of not just the stressful election, but musicians yearning to create those powerful musical experiences for the public