Featuring Ted Leo and the Pharmacists(solo), Laura Stevenson, and more!
The Changeville Festival is a downtown music & arts festival featuring local and national artists united by a passion for social change.
The two-day festival will take place at venues around the city's downtown such as Bo Diddley Plaza, The Hippodrome, High Dive, Wooly/Atlantic, Civic Media Center, Volta, & more.
Single-venue tickets and a limited amount of festival passes are available now at changeville.us/tickets
*Ted Leo, frontman for The Pharmacists, returned from his seven year hiatus last year to debut his solo work, The Hanged Man. Being dropped from label Matador Records seemed to do little to no damage to Leo. The album was funded through a Kickstarter campaign fans helped reach its goal within the first day. Leo recorded in a home studio where he played many of the instruments himself.
Coinciding with his return to music, Leo has become more open to exploring past traumas he has endured in his latest release. Likewise, many songs featured on The Hanged Man act as a vehicle for Leo to discuss topics such as institutional racism, sexism, and xenophobia. He explains these tracks are not an excuse to yell at the President, but rather to help those on the ground who are directly affected by these phenomena and to start a conversation with those who’ll actually listen.
*Laura Stevenson, the former keyboard player for Bomb The Music Industry!, has released four albums since her initial solo debut in 2010, A Record. Many of Stevenson’s lyrics deal with emotionally closing off, refusing support from others, and the persistent fear she’s wasted her younger years unable to shake these habits. When asked why her music deals with such sad aspects of life yet sounds so musically lighthearted, Stevenson told Allston Pudding, “I try not to be so melodramatic because life is just so much happiness and sadness juxtaposed. The contrast makes it more fun and easier to deal with. Life’s going to be hard, but at the end of the day, it’s going to beautiful and fun.”
While Stevenson uses music to express her own personal turmoils, she is no stranger to using music as a catalyst for change. In direct response to the result of the 2016 election, she and her band released a live recording of a show played at The Vera Club in the northern Netherlands. 100% of the proceeds from the album’s sales are donated to Planned Parenthood. For the past eight years, Stevenson has performed a semi-annual holiday show in New York City alongside friend and former bandmate Jeff Rosenstock. 100% of the proceeds benefit Safe Horizons, an advocacy organization that assists survivors of domestic violence, child abuse, rape and sexual assault.
Through a charity partnership with Plus 1, $1 from each ticket sale will be donated to two different charity organizations. Local organization Gainesville Girls Rock Camp and national organization CEEAS (Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings) have been chosen as 2019’s charities. Changeville will also be collecting canned goods and donations for Peaceful Paths and Grace Marketplace.
Changeville is a two-day social change festival, in partnership with UF College Of Journalism & Communications annual frank conference in downtown Gainesville that brings together students, professionals and artists across a variety of platforms. The festival includes music, comedy, award-winning films, tech, poetry and discussion panels/workshops.
PLUS1 is an initiative that channels the collective energy of a concert to catalyze social change. By partnering with performing artists, PLUS1 raises and grants millions of dollars to high impact nonprofits addressing our most serious global challenges around Access, Equity, and Dignity. The work begins with a $1 per ticket add-on fundraising tool that makes fundraising simple and seamless. Beyond the dollar, PLUS1 supports artists as educators and advocates, fueling their passion, reach, impact. To date, PLUS1 has raised and granted over $7 million, and served as the connective tissue between over 150 artists, millions of their fans, and 100s of leading social justice organizations tackling global injustice.
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists