Interchange Festival 2004

Our successful four-day festival in Chicago in August 2004 sold out all its events, registered hundreds of voters, gained wide media acclaim and raised some $25,000 for a nonpartisan voter registration and mobilization program that in turn added 75,000 new voters to the rolls in the Chicago area.

Interchange 2004 events included:

  • Tortoise, Diverse, Robbie Fulks, Town & Country and David Singer & the Sweet Science at the Hideout (outside/inside).
  • Andrew Bird, Charles Bissell (Wrens) and the Vandermark Five at Schubas.
  • The M’s and Bobby Conn at the Empty Bottle.
  • Sage Francis, Eyedea & Abilities, Thaione Davis, Molemen, Psalm One, the Swiss Army, special guest P.O.S. and host Slug (Atmosphere) at Metro.


  • Record-shop in-store performances by Nora O’Connor (at Reckless) and the David Boykin Expanse (at the Jazz Record Mart) and a Chicago Cultural Center matinee acoustic performance by Dolly Varden.
  • A special screening of “The Weather Underground,” with discussion by director Bill Siegel, at the Gene Siskel Film Center.
  • Voter reg booths at damn near every record store in town.
  • And more voter reg at the Milwaukee/North/Damen el stop and local shows by the likes of !!!, Oneida, Diplo and more.

See photos.


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