Billy Morrison and his band Camp Freddy are coming to the conventions to rock the vote. Literally.
Performing on the Monday night of each convention, the jam band wants to leave partisanship aside. "One thing that we do agree with is the right to vote so what we figured was, let's play both of them and show that no matter what affiliation you are, you can rock," Morrison told Yeas & Nays. "We are really coming to show that no matter what side you're on, what party you support, or what your beliefs are -- rock and roll is a universal language."
Morrison and other Camp Freddy members, which includes a medley of members of big-name rock groups such as Dave Navarro, Matt Sorum, Donovan Leitch Jr. and Chris Chaney, always have a few tricks up their sleeves and the convention gigs are no different. Part of Camp Freddy's shtick is that they invite guest musicians to play with them on stage. "The idea of Camp Freddy is that it's a surprise," Morrison explained, keeping mum about the expected roster. "All five of us are going to be at both gigs and we are bringing four or five friends with us at each gig."
Besides an appearance at D.C.'s 9:30 Club last year, the ensemble hasn't played at a political function before. "Do I expect it to be different to gigs we do at the Roxy, where normal fans get to come and see us? Probably," Morrison said. "If anyone's reading this and thinking about coming down I urge them to loosen the tie, take the jacket off -- this is fun for everyone."
Camp Freddy will perform at invite-only events at the 1 Oak pop-up nightclub in Tampa and at Fountain Plaza at the North Carolina Music Factory in Charlotte.