There was a little bit of everything at this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival: Rain, heat, mud, music. And more than 1,000 newly-registered voters!
Thanks to our great team of volunteers who manned the Interchange booth and braved the crowd wielding clipboards.
Those volunteers did great work–and they did not go unnoticed. Here’s how Jim DeRogatis led his festival recap in the Chicago Sun-Times:
Though it’s unlikely that most of the 17,000 fans who attended each day knew it, the Pitchfork Music Festival originated as a small concert held by a local grassroots group called Interchange formed to register voters before the last presidential election.
Through its remarkable growth, Pitchfork has retained that activist spirit: Over the course of the festival’s fourth year at the West Side’s Union Park, 70 volunteers registered more than 1,200 voters from 34 states and the District of Columbia.
The Sun-Times also ran this photo, taken by Interchange’s own Dan Gilchrist (a volunteer veteran from all the way back in ’04):
Here’s another view of these fine if muddy young fellows: