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Hopeless Records Non-Profit Organization Sub City Announces the 2009 Take Action! Tour

Bands — By HopelessMelissa on December 1, 2008

Hopeless Records, through their non profit organization Sub City is pleased to once again organize and present the Take Action! Tour. The 2009 lineup will feature headliner CUTE IS WHAT WE AIM FOR, along with MEG & DIA, BREATHE CAROLINA, EVERY AVENUE, and ANARBOR. The annual nationwide charity tour, now in its eighth year, raises funds and awareness for youth involvement in charitable action, and for the second straight year Take Action has chosen not-for-profit organization DoSomething.org to benefit from the funds raised and to help spread the message of action to young people across the country.

DoSomething.org is a national not-for-profit that believes that young people have the power to make a difference. They inspire, empower and celebrate a generation of doers: young people who recognize the need to do something, believe in their ability to get it done, and then take action.

DoSomething.org CEO Nancy Lublin says of the not-for-profit teaming up with Take Action! Tour: “Music has always moved generations. We’re psyched to partner with Take Action! We believe that there is a lot of creativity and passion in generation Z (kids under age 25). Their idea of getting involved isn’t writing a big check or attending a charity dinner–they actually do stuff.”

Each Take Action tour stop is a unique experience where fans are exposed to a great show along with encouragement and information from the bands, charity partners, and sponsors about how they can get involved with causes that are important to them. In addition to the good time and inspiration, 10% of the ticket price from each ticket sold is donated to DoSomething.org, which makes each fan in attendance an active participant in financially supporting non profit action. To date Sub City, with the help of hundreds of thousands of young people, has raised over $550,000 through the Take Action initiative. The tour has previously featured many future stars including: The Plain White T’s, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Paramore, Every Time I Die, Jimmy Eat World, Avenged Sevenfold, Hawthorne Heights, Chiodos, Thrice, Anti-Flag, Silverstein, Dillinger Escape Plan, and many more.

This year’s headliner CUTE IS WHAT WE AIM FOR, touring in support of its second full-length release Rotation, is one of the brightest bands in the current music scene. Hailing from Buffalo, lead singer Shaant Hacikyan says of being on the Take Action! Tour: “It’s an awe inspiring opportunity to be a part of such an empathetic tour and cause. It has endured the years and has remained a staple based on its brilliant fuel: consideration. Knowing that we are able to do what we love and simultaneously lend a helping hand is a beautiful thing. We are beyond thrilled to be a part Take Action!”

A band on the brink of mass crossover appeal, Utah’s MEG & DIA is thrilled to be onboard as part of the Take Action! Tour. “All five of us in Meg & Dia are very excited to be part of a tour that supports making ones community a better and more beautiful place,” Dia Frampton declares. “Many non-profit organizations get buried and do not receive the attention they deserve. We hope we can help point out the many places people can go, and hopefully will go, to donate time and money for good causes.” Meg Frampton adds: “We are so excited to be part of a tour promoting not just one particular organization or charity, but the single notion of how important it is to get out there and “do something” to help out with any part of the world that you feel passionately about and you feel is in need of a helping hand.”

Denver’s BREATHE CAROLINA, a two-piece band fusing elements of electronica and punk/post hardcore, touring in support of its latest release It’s Classy, Not Classic on Rise Records, is also quite aware of the impact the Take Action! Tour has. “I’m very excited to be a part of the Take Action! Tour because it promotes a positive message,” notes David Schmitt of Breathe Carolina. “I’m also pumped to make new friends and Cute Is What We Aim For has been a long time favorite of mine and to be able to share the stage with them will be amazing.”

Marysville, Michigan natives EVERY AVENUE have taken 2008 by storm with the release of their debut, full length record Shh, Just Go With It, endless touring, and the release of their new music video for, “Think Of You Later (Empty Room).”  They are excited to look ahead into 2009 and kick off the year on the Take Action! Tour.  “Using music to promote a good cause is something we are honored to be a part of.  Take Action! highlights the importance of how little things can make huge impacts,” says vocalist Dave Strauchman.  “We can’t explain how much it means to us to be involved with DoSomething.org. They are a great non-profit organization and the Take Action! Tour is a unique opportunity for bands and fans to come together and move forward to make changes in their community. It goes to show the significance that even one person can have.”

Hopeless Records’ ANARBOR hail from Phoenix, Arizona and the early buzz on the band’s recent digital release, The Natural Way, indicates that big things are in store for the pop-rock four-piece. Speaking of their involvement, front man Slade Echeverria explains, “When we first heard that we were going on Take Action tour, we were all so excited to be a part of the amazing line up. The best part of Take Action is the charity aspect.  We’re so proud to be supporting Sub City and DoSomething.org by playing our music and are honored to be chosen to represent the Hopeless/Sub City family on this tour.”

About Hopeless Records and Sub City: Founded in 1993, Hopeless Records is a Southern California independent record label home to breakout artists All Time Low, There For Tomorrow, Anarbor, The Human Abstract, and many more. Throughout the 15 year history of Hopeless Records the label has released over 100 albums and launched the careers of Avenged Sevenfold, Thrice, and Melee. In 1999 Hopeless Records formally started supporting non-profit organizations under the Sub City name with charitable albums, tours, and events. Now itself a registered 501c3 non profit organization, Sub City continues this mission of raising funds and awareness for worthy causes and to date has raised over $1.5 million dollars for over 50 non-profit organizations.

Tour dates and ticket information for the 2009 Take Action! Tour will be announced shortly along with information about the annual Take Action! compilation

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