[On] Friday, June 10, my children and I had the pleasure of attending a concert at the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte. The group that performed was Dead & Company, a band that consists of the remaining members of the Grateful Dead, along with some other musicians that are touring with them this summer.
Instead of canceling their show, as many musicians have done in opposition to House Bill 2, [the band] took a different approach. They donated 100 percent of special Rainbow T-shirt and sticker sales to a local LGBT organization …
They also donated $100,000 from the show’s revenue to The Human Rights Campaign and Equality North Carolina. This generosity is an example that other musicians should follow when considering whether to perform in North Carolina.
Instead of disappointing fans and costing many folks their income that depends on revenue from concerts in our state, [Dead & Company] provided needed funds for us to battle inequality within North Carolina.
The band also provided a “Participation Row” social action area, where fighting discrimination and encouraging voter registration activities was emphasized. For a more complete explanation, you may visit http://avl.mx/2p8
Additionally, the show was great!
— Larry Nestler