Looking Back, Moving Forward – AMPLIFY our Voice in 2013!

Looking Back, Moving Forward – AMPLIFY our Voice in 2013!

The AMPLIFY Project is a side project of Students for Sensible Drug Policy that connects dedicated activists with artists who support our mission to reform failed drug policies and allow us to spread harm reduction within the live music community.


We coordinate SSDP & DanceSafe chapters to promote for partnered artists and festivals in exchange for table space to:

  1. Increase awareness of the negative impact of our nations failed “War on Drugs” & encourage involvement in the political process to effect change
  2. Recruit new volunteers and promote specific local/state/national drug policy reform initiatives & campaigns
  3. Spread factual drug info, Know-Your-Rights materials and other harm reduction supplies plus create a safe space for people to discuss substance use
  4. Conduct merchandise contests & raffles in cooperation with artists for fundraising
  5. Distribute info about other drug policy reform organizations such as MAPS, LEAP, ASA, DPA, MPP & NORML

In addition, our partnered artists also help us by promoting significant SSDP campaigns/initiatives & media blasts, conducting interviews with us discussing their thoughts on youth activism and the failed “War on Drugs” plus giving shout-outs at shows and through social media.


In 2012, after a partnership forged with DanceSafe at SSDP’s National Conference in Denver, we expanded our work into providing harm reduction services for festivals and events. In the Summer our volunteers set up booths at countless events such as Summer Camp Music Festival, Rootwire Music & Arts Festival, Desert Rocks and others distributing our newly created Festival Safety Guide, free water, factual drug info, ear plugs, condoms, 5-HTP, Himalayan Rock Salt and other supplies to keep festival attendee’s safe & informed. At several we also worked with on-site medical staff to provide “Cool-Down” areas, assist in crisis intervention and provide psychedelic emergency counseling all to prevent unnecessary off-site medical transports with great success.


After an incredible year of growth for the Project seeing:

  • Major artists added including Umphrey’s McGee, Big Gigantic & EOTO and more
  • More than 40+ small to major concerts tabled at by local SSDP chapters with an estimated reach of well over 20,000
  • 7 Regional Organizers recruited & trained in CO, FL, OR, VA, SC & PA
  • Booths set up at 3 major music festivals with combined attendance of over 25,000 people
  • Plus the beginning on a new ongoing artist interview series

We definitely have NO plans of slowing down anytime soon!


Below for your convenience we have compiled ALL of our partner artists Winter/Spring ‘13 tour dates we have been guaranteed table space. If interested in volunteering to help spread our important message to the live music community please review the list carefully and identify ANY shows in your area. Once identified, send us an email at amplify@ssdp.org to request promo materials & secure you or your SSDP/DanceSafe chapter a spot at the show.

The list is quite substantial so please take your time and review all dates, even if you do not know or are not a fan of a particular artist. One of the greatest things about AMPLIFY is getting to experience new, often unfamiliar music, for FREE with friends and fellow chapter members while spreading a message we all love & believe in. You don’t want to let musical tastes get in the way of utilizing this amazingly unique promotional, outreach, fundraising, team-building and educational tool all-in-one to its fullest potential.

Slightly Stoopid:

3/06 Wed Liberty Hall Lawrence, KS

3/07 Thu The Rave/Eagles Ballroom Milwaukee, WI

3/08 Fri First Avenue Minneapolis, MN

3/09 Sat Congress Theater Chicago, IL

3/10 Sun Saint Andrews Hall Detroit, MI

3/13 Wed Madison Theater Covington, KY

3/14 Thu House Of Blues Cleveland, OH

3/15 Fri Stage AE Pittsburgh, PA

3/16 Sat LC Pavilion (Indoors) Columbus, OH

3/17 Sun Orbit Room Grand Rapids, MI

3/21 Thu Klein Memorial Auditorium Bridgeport, CT

3/22 Fri Hammerstein Ballroom New York, NY

3/23 Sat The NorVa Norfolk, VA

4/17 Lexington, KY Buster’s Billiards

4/24 Oxford, MS The Lyric Theatre

4/25 New Orleans, LA House of Blues

4/26 Athens, GA Georgia Theatre

4/27 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works

Umphrey’s McGee:

01/23/13 Wed Ziggy’s Winston-Salem, NC *

01/24/13 Thu The Fillmore Charlotte, NC *

01/25/13 Fri Ritz Theatre Raleigh, NC *

01/26/13 Sat The National Richmond, VA

01/30/13 Wed Tennessee Theatre Knoxville, TN

01/31/13 Thu Buster’s Billiards & Backroom Lexington, KY

02/01/13 Fri Orbit Room Grand Rapids, MI

02/02/13 Sat The Fillmore Detroit (State Theatre) Detroit, MI

02/06/13 Wed The Venue Fargo, ND

02/07/13 Thu First Avenue Minneapolis, MN

02/08/13 Fri The Pageant St. Louis, MO ^

02/09/13 Sat The Pageant St. Louis, MO ^

02/10/13 Sun Bluebird Bloomington, IN

02/15/13 Fri LC Pavilion Columbus, OH ^

02/16/13 Sat Orpheum Theatre Madison, WI ^

02/17/13 Sun Canopy Club Urbana, IL

03/06/13 Wed – Belly Up Aspen, Aspen, CO

03/07/13 Thu – Belly Up Aspen, Aspen, CO

03/08/13 Fri – The Depot, Salt Lake City, UT

03/09/13 Sat – The Wilma Theatre, Missoula, MT

03/10/13 Sun – Emerson Center for Arts and Culture, Bozeman, MT

03/14/13 Thu – Neptune, Seattle, WA

03/15/13 Fri – McDonald Theatre, Eugene, OR

03/16/13 Sat – Fox Theater, Oakland, CA

03/17/13 Sun – Montbleu Resort, Lake Tahoe, NV

03/21/13 Thu – House of Blues, Las Vegas, NV

04/11/13 Thu Freebird Live Jacksonville Beach, FL

04/12/13 Fri Plaza Live Orlando, FL

04/13/13 Sat Jannus Landing St. Petersburg, FL

04/14/13 Sun Trustees Theatre Savannah, GA

04/17/13 Wed George’s Majestic Fayetteville, AR

04/18/13 Thu George’s Majestic Fayetteville, AR

04/19/13 Fri House Of Blues Dallas, TX

04/20/13 Sat Stubb’s Austin, TX

* with Papadosio

^ with Mike Dillon Band


Jan 31 House of Blues Boston w/ Crizzly Boston, MA

Feb 01 Higher Ground w/ Crizzly South Burlington, VT

Feb 02 The Rapids Theatre Niagara Falls, NY

Feb 06 Brooklyn Bowl Brooklyn, NY

Feb 07 Brooklyn Bowl Brooklyn, NY

Feb 08 Theatre of the Living Arts Philadelphia, PA

Feb 09 Howard Theatre Washington, DC

Feb 14 Amos’ Southend Charlotte, NC

Feb 15 Norva Norfolk, VA

Feb 16 The National Richmond, VA

Feb 22 Main Street Live Murfreesboro, TN

Feb 23 Masquerade Atlanta, GA

Feb 28 The Georgia Theatre Athens, GA

Mar 01 940 Blackstock Knoxville, TN

Mar 07 Blue Moose Tap Iowa City, IA

Mar 08 The Bourbon Theatre Lincoln, NE

Mar 09 Skyway Theatre Minneapolis, MN

Mar 14 Belly Up Aspen Aspen, CO

Mar 15 Aggie Theatre Fort Collins, CO

Mar 16 Boulder Theater Boulder, CO

Mar 22 Cains Ballroom Tulsa, OK

Big Gigantic:

01/29/13 Tue WorkPlay Birmingham, AL

01/30/13 Wed The Music Farm Charleston, SC

01/31/13 Thu The Coliseum Tallahassee, FL

02/01/13 Fri The Tabernacle Atlanta, GA

02/02/13 Sat Orange Peel Asheville, NC

02/05/13 Tue Headliners Music Hall Louisville, KY

02/06/13 Wed Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH

02/07/13 Thu Orpheum Theatre Madison, WI

02/08/13 Fri Orbit Room Grand Rapids, MI

02/09/13 Sat Royal Oak Music Theatre Royal Oak, MI

02/12/13 Tue Upstate Concert Hall Clifton Park, NY

02/13/13 Wed Higher Ground (Ballroom) Burlington, VT

02/14/13 Thu State Theatre Portland, ME

02/15/13 Fri House of Blues Boston, MA

02/16/13 Sat Terminal 5 New York, NY

02/17/13 Sun Water Street Music Hall Rochester, NY

02/20/13 Wed Toad’s Place New Haven, CT

02/21/13 Thu The Fillmore Silver Spring Silver Spring, MD

02/22/13 Fri Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA

02/24/13 Sun Metropolitan Theatre Morgantown, WV

02/26/13 Tue Minglewood Hall Memphis, TN

02/27/13 Wed Varsity Theatre Baton Rouge, LA

02/28/13 Thu Stubb’s Austin, TX

03/01/13 Fri House of Blues Houston, TX

03/02/13 Sat House Of Blues Dallas, TX

03/03/13 Sun Farmer’s Public Market Oklahoma City, OK


01/23/13 Wed Ziggy’s Winston-Salem, NC *

01/24/13 Thu The Fillmore Charlotte, NC *

01/25/13 Fri Ritz Theatre Raleigh, NC *

01/29/13 Tue The Bluebird, Bloomington, IN

01/30/13 Wed Canopy Club, Urbana, IL

01/31/13 Thu Cabooze Minneapolis, MN

02/01/13 Fri Majestic Theater, Madison, WI

02/02/13 Sat House of Blues Chicago, Chicago, IL

02/03/13 Sun St. Andrews Hall, Detroit, MI

02/05/13 Tue The Kent Stage, Kent, OH

02/06/13 Wed Rex Theater, Pittsburgh, PA

02/07/13 Thu Stage 48, New York, NY

02/08/13 Fri The Sinclair, Cambridge, MA

02/09/13 Sat High Ground, South Burlington, VT

02/10/13 Sun The Haunt, Ithaca, NY

02/13/13 Wed The Soapbox, Wilmington, NC

02/14/13 Thu Georgia Theatre, Athens, GA

02/15/13 Fri Music Farm, Charleston, SC

* supporting Umphrey’s McGee

The Green:

02/12/13 Tue SLO Brewing Company, San Luis Obispo, CA

02/13/13 Wed Ace of Spades, Sacramento, CA

02/17/13 Sun El Ray, Chico, CA

02/19/13 Tue Park City Live, Park City, UT

02/21/13 Thu Agave, Avon, CO

02/22/13 Fri Three20South, Breckenridge, CO

02/23/13 Sat Aggie Theatre, Fort Collins, CO

02/24/13 Sun PAC3, Carbondale, CO

02/27/13 Wed The Reef, Boise, ID

03/01/13 Fri A Club, Spokane, WA

03/02/13 Sat Jazzbones, Tacoma, WA

03/03/13 Sun Wild Buffalo, Bellingham, WA

03/05/13 Tue Humboldt Brews, Arcata, CA

03/07/13 Thu Velvet Jones, Santa Barbara, CA

03/08/13 Fri Saint Rocke, Hermosa Beach, CA

03/09/13 Sat Saint Rocke, Hermosa Beach, CA


Jan 25 Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte, NC

Jan 26 The Pour House Charleston, SC

Feb 07 Asheville Music Hall Asheville, NC

Feb 08 Blind Tiger Greensboro, NC

Feb 09 Empire Springfield, VA

Feb 10 8 x 10 Baltimore, MD

Feb 13 Club Metronome Burlington, VT

Feb 15 Highline Ballroom New York, NY

Feb 16 The Blockley Philadelphia, PA

Feb 19 Jewish Mother Virginia Beach, VA

Feb 20 Jefferson Theater Charlottesville, VA

Feb 21 Canal Club Richmond, VA

Feb 22 Southland Ballroom Raleigh, NC


02/19/13 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore

Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad:

01/17/13 Landmark Theater, Syracuse, NY

Ott & the All Seeing I:

02/01/13 Austin, TX The Parish

02/02/13 Baton Rouge, LA The Varsity Theatre

02/03/13 Birmingham, AL Zydeco

02/05/13 Fayetteville, AR George’s Majestic

02/06/13 Lincoln, NE Bourbon Theatre

02/08/13 Denver, CO Cervantes

02/09/13 Durango, CO Abbey Theatre

02/10/13 Flagstaff, AZ Green Room

02/12/13 Los Angeles, CA King King

02/14/13 Sebastopol, CA Hop Monk

02/15/13 San Francisco, CA 1015 Folsom

02/16/13 Arcata, CA Arcata Theatre

02/20/13 Bend, OR Domino Room

02/22/13 Seattle, WA Neumos

02/23/13 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theatre

Roots of Creation:

Jan 19 The Wailers + Roots of Creation @ The Flying Monkey w/ The Wailers Plymouth, NH

Feb 16 Loon Mountain Lincoln, NH

The Malah:

Jan 22 Atlanta, GA Asylum *

Jan 23 Charleston, SC Pour House *

Jan 24 Tallahassee, FL SideBar *

Jan 25 Jacksonville, FL 1904 *

Jan 26 Ybor City, FL Crowbar *

Jan 28 Birmingham, AL Zydeco *

Jan 29 Athens, GA New Earth Music Hall *

Jan 30 Greenville, SC Handlebar *

Jan 31 Raleigh, NC Pour House *

Feb 1 Roanoke, VA Martins Downtown *

Feb 2 Richmond, VA Canal Club *

Feb 6 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie

Feb 7 Boston, MA The Church #

Feb 8 Portland, ME Port City Music Hall #

Feb 9 Hartford, CT The Rock Room %

Feb 10 Burlington, VT Metronome #

Feb 12 Columbus, OH Woodlands

Feb 13 Lansing, MI Mac’s

Feb 14 Kalamazoo, MI Globe Theatre

Feb 15 Indianapolis, IN The Mousetrap

Feb 16 Cincinnati, OH Mad Frog

Feb 28 Denver, CO Bluebird Theatre

Mar 1 Fort Collins, CO Aggie Theatre (w.YAMN)

Mar 2 Frisco, CO Barkley Ballroom

* w/Sir Charles #w/Indobox %w/Wobblesauce

John Brown’s Body:

Jan 18 The Westcott Theater Syracuse, NY

Jan 19 Maxwell’s Hoboken, NJ

Jan 24 Putnam Den Saratoga Springs, NY

Jan 25 The Haunt Ithaca, NY

Jan 26 Higher Ground South Burlington, VT

Feb 08 Aggie Theatre Fort Collins, CO

Feb 09 Vail Mountain Games Vail, CO

Feb 10 Belly Up Aspen, CO

Feb 12 Park City Live Park City, UT

Feb 15 The Eldo Crested Butte, CO

Feb 16 Barkley Ballroom Frisco, CO

Apr 13 Sugarloaf Ski Resort Carrabassett Valley, ME

Easy Star All Stars:

Feb 14, 2013 Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom Denver, CO

Feb 16, 2013 Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert Series Snowmass Base Village Aspen, CO

Cas Haley:

02/07/13 Thu University of Northern Texas, Denton TX

02/13/13 Wed Eldorado Celebrity Lounge, Shrevport, LA

02/27/13 Wed University of Missouri, St. Louis, MO

03/15/13 Fri Virginia Wesleyan, Norfolk, VA

03/19/13 Tue University of Tampa, Tampa, FL

The Motet:






Mon, 11 Feb Asheville, NC THE EMERALD LOUNGE

Thu, 07 Mar Wilmington, NC Orton’s

Fri, 08 Mar Raleigh, NC The Pour House Music Hall

Sat, 09 Mar Richmond, VA Cary Street Cafe


See you at the shows! ~~~ The AMPLIFY Project Team

“Creating a bridge between the worlds of drug policy reform & live music. In the process bringing supporters of both together to work for a better world.”