Updated at 2:20 p.m. to include a quote from one of the festival's featured artists.
Democratic Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke is well-known for his punk rock roots and this fall he's tapping the North Texas music scene in hopes of reaching voters in the area.
On Oct. 7, Texas bands Spoon, the Polyphonic Spree, Sarah Jaffe and others will perform at the new Buffalo Tree Festival at Main Street Garden in downtown Dallas to show their support for the candidate who has grabbed headlines for skateboarding at Whataburger and closing the gap in polls in the race against Sen. Ted Cruz. (See full festival lineup below.)
O'Rourke will make an appearance at the festival, as will Democratic candidates Lupe Valdez, who is running for governor against Gov. Greg Abbott, Colin Allred, who is running for the a seat in Texas House of Representatives against Rep. Pete Sessions, and others.
Buffalo Tree Festival is billed as an all-ages "music and political engagement" event where locals will also be able to register to vote. The event is partnership between Dallas' own Homegrown Festival, musician Dylan Silvers of the Polyphonic Spree, and the Dallas County Democratic Party. The name Buffalo Tree was adopted from a book and album Silvers wrote, reports Central Track, that tells the story of young people working to topple a government war machine.
"This event is not just about one concert," Silvers said in a statement. "We want to inspire people to take action all the way to Nov. 6."
"Really excited to be a part of this lineup," said local singer/songwtier Sarah Jaffe via email. "Even more excited to be a part of a unified message to register and vote!"
Tickets to Buffalo Tree Festival cost $10 for adults; attendees 18 and younger get in for free.
Buffalo Tree Festival musical lineup:
- The Polyphonic
- La Energia Nortena
- Sarah Jaffe
- Bobby Sessions
- The Tontons
- Sunshine Village
- Mariachi Damas de Oro
- Kalachandjis Band
- Ike Reilly
- Fishing for Japan