Lin-Manuel Miranda teaming up with Pearl Jam for Georgia Senate fundraiser
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Pearl Jam are teaming up for a fundraiser aimed at mobilizing Latinos ahead of the Senate runoff elections in Georgia.
The “Hamilton” creator and the famed rock band will discuss their activism and “why they use their microphones for change” during the Dec. 16 virtual event.
Proceeds from fundraiser, being hosted on the virtual venue Looped, will benefit the Latino Victory Project, the Latino Community Fund of Georgia and the Hispanic Federation, according to organizers.
The meeting of the musical minds comes amid increased focus on the Jan. 5 runoffs, as Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) faces off against Democratic challenger the Rev. Raphael Warnock and Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) takes on Democrat Jon Ossoff. The elections will determine the balance of power in the upper chamber.
“Georgia came through for America and now it’s time for America to come through for Georgia,” Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam’s lead singer, said in a statement. President-elect Joe Biden became the first Democratic White House hopeful in nearly three decades to carry the Peach State in last month’s presidential election.
“I’ve long admired Pearl Jam’s music and commitment to advocacy — and their music has made an impact on me since I was a teenager,” Miranda said.
“I haven’t met them yet, but have wanted to for a long time. We thought it would be fun to meet in front of our fans, while raising awareness and resources to make sure we get out the vote for the Georgia runoff election,” the Broadway star said.
Tickets for the livestreamed fundraiser, hosted by Georgia-born comedian Wayne Brady, are available with a minimum $10 donation.