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Ben Gibbard will play an intimate solo acoustic performance on October 9, 2012 at the historic Smith Tower in Seattle, WA for a benefit show for Music for Marriage Equality . The project is a coalition dedicated to approving Referendum 74 in Washington State, which would make Washington State the first in the nation to defend marriage equality with a public vote. If approved, Referendum 74 (R-74) will allow everyone in Washington to marry whomever they wish. Music for Marriage Equality is a project of Washington United for Marriage, and is comprised of members of the Seattle music community.

Gibbard has been quite passionate for the civil rights issue of marriage equality in this year’s election. The Death Cab For Cutie frontman’s sister is gay and married to a woman and has stated “I, like many friends and family members of gay people in the country, would like to see them extended the same right our parents are, our friends are, or married couples are.” In addition, Gibbard concentrated on the President’s acknowledgement of gay couples right to marry in his contribution to a new initiative called “90 Days, 90 Reasons”, an effort to remind voters that there’s an election fast approaching and that President Obama deserves another term.

Gibbard’s solo album, Former Lives will be released on October 16th with a short North American tour to support the effort.

TOUR DATES:
Wed Sep 26 – Big Sur CA @ Henry Miller Library
Sun Oct 14 – Toronto ON @ The Danforth Music Hall
Thu Nov 01 – Minneapolis MN @ Assembly Hall at The Women’s Club w/ Advance Base
Fri Nov 02 – Chicago, IL @ Athenaeum Theatre w/ Advance Base
Sun Nov 04 – Somerville, MA @ Somerville Theater w/ Advance Base
Mon Nov 05 – New York, NY @ Town Hall w/ Advance Base
Wed Nov 07 – Glenside, PA @ Keswick Theatre w/ Advance Base
Thu Nov 08 – Washington, DC @ Sixth & I Historic Synagogue w/ Advance Base
Sat Nov 10 – Saxapahaw, NC @ The Haw River Ballroom w/ Advance Base
Sun Nov 11 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse w/ Advance Base
Tue Nov 13 – San Francisco, CA @ Palace of Fine Arts Theatre w/ Damien Jurado
Wed Nov 14 – Los Angeles, CA @ Wilshire Ebell w/ Damien Jurado
Fri Nov 16 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox w/ Damien Jurado
Sun Nov 18 – Portland, OR @ The Crystal Ballroom w/ Damien Jurado