KING YOUNGBLOOD REGISTERS MORE THAN 3,000 PEOPLE TO VOTE DURING TOUR OF LOCAL SCHOOLS AND RELEASES MUSICAL MESSAGE TO ENCOURAGE YOUTH TO VOTE
Seattle alt-rock band, King youngblood (formerly Gypsy Temple) releases lyrics, chords and video for “Make your Voice Heard Loud and Vote” and asks fans to create their own version to mobilize the youth vote
SEATTLE WA | November 2, 2018 – As King youngblood, an up-and-coming alt-rock band in Seattle wraps up their Make Your Voice Heard Loud Tour, a series of performances on the back of a flatbed truck at local high schools and colleges, the band has released a musical message to encourage youth to vote.
Over the past month, King youngblood has played at high schools and community colleges across Washington including at Burlington-Edison HS, Newport HS, Shorecrest HS, Mount Si HS, Eastlake HS, Bellevue HS and Shoreline Community College while volunteers helped students, parents and teachers register to vote and then encouraged them to mail in their ballots.
Tour organizers estimate that more than 3,000 people registered to vote during the tour which had bipartisan support from Senator Lisa Wellman (Democrat) and Kim Wyman (Republican) along with sponsorship from Washington Bus, APACE, the King County Department of Elections and, a sizable grant from the League of Women Voters.
The final performance is scheduled for 12 pm on Monday, November 5th at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia, giving elected officials and candidates a chance to join in the pre-election excitement.
“This tour is incredibly important to me,” said 19-year old, Cameron Lavi-Jones who founded King youngblood. “Young people get to see other young people making a difference and this gives them the confidence that they have the knowledge and skills to make a difference too,” he said. Lavi-Jones pointed out that with only 20 to 22 percent of registered youth voters actually voting, this campaign is equally about encouraging young voters to commit to mailing their ballots in by November 6th.
“Years or months down the line, regardless of the outcome of the election, everyone who has been part of this tour will know that we at least did something. We made an effort and we woke some people up.”