Jackson Browne and Friends: Bonnie Raitt, Joan Baez, More Play Hurricane Benefit
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A dazzling who's who of Hollywood and Broadway talent will come together for this special benefit concert at The Pasadena Playhouse to help raise money to assist with relief efforts in the Philippines following November's devastating typhoon. Performers donating their time and remarkable talents include Lea Thompson (Cabaret, NBC's Caroline in the City), Loretta Devine (Dreamgirls), Sam Harris (The Producers), Nicole Parker (Wicked), Gwen Stewart (Rent), Valerie Perri (Evita, Gypsy) and many more. Proceeds will support the American Red Cross' Typhoon Appeal and its efforts to assist overseas as the people of the Philippines begin to recover and rebuild. Please see the full event description for a complete list of scheduled performers. Learn More
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Amazing collection of talent and all for a very worthy cause! Jackson Browne was amazing, as always, and all the others were great too. The venue was small enough that even though our seats were almost at the back we saw quite well.
Singer-songwriter Jackson Browne & Friends – including Bonnie Raitt, Joan Baez and Ry Cooder – will convene for a one-night-only hurricane relief benefit concert at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium to raise funds to help survivors of the second most destructive Atlantic hurricane season on record. Proceeds from the post-Thanksgiving weekend concert will go towards Operation USA’s ongoing disaster relief efforts in the U.S. Gulf Coast, Cuba and Haiti, with specific attention to programs designed to address the urgent local needs of displaced families and health facilities stretched to the breaking point.
Taking place during a break from Browne’s Time The Conqueror World Tour, the show will be his last in Southern California until the summer of 2009. Also accompanying Browne at the benefit is his band of fifteen years: Kevin McCormick (bass), Mark Goldenberg (guitars), Mauricio Lewak (drums) and Jeff Young (keyboards, backing vocals). They’ll also be joined by new members Chavonne Morris and Alethea Mills, vocalists Browne met in 2001.
Supporters and sponsors of the event – which is produced in association with the Southern California-based non-profit organization Guacamole Fund – include Darius Anderson and Platinum Advisors, Andy Spahn, CTS (Cuba Travel Services), the Center for Democracy in the Americas and The New America Foundation.
Browne was inspired to organize the concert in response to the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, which hit Cuba, Haiti and the U.S. Gulf Coast twice within three weeks in late August and early September, 2008. Since then, the situation has become even more dire, as the 2008 Atlantic Hurricane season has proven to be unusually unrelenting and destructive. Recent storms including Hurricanes Omar and Paloma – the latter being the second strongest November hurricane in recorded history and was especially ravaging in Cuba – have continued to wreak havoc, further hampering relief efforts. All three areas are critically in need of aid to help restore safety and provide appropriate healthcare.
Operation USA, a Los Angeles-based humanitarian aid organization that helps people rebuild their lives after man-made or natural disasters, has been on the front lines of aggressive relief efforts throughout Cuba, Haiti and our Gulf Coast this season. Operation USA has been cited by Worth Magazine as one of the “100 Best Charities in America,” and was recently named the #1 Privately Funded Charity by watchdog group Charity Navigator. Since 1979, they have aided people in 99 countries, delivering over $275 million for relief projects. The organization accepts no government funding and is a co-recipient of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize as part of The International Campaign to Ban Landmines
Jackson Browne is currently touring in support of his new album, Time The Conqueror. The tour kicked off September 15 in Washington, DC, and the Washington Post wrote of the opening night show, “The new material demonstrated that Browne, just a few weeks shy of 60, still has a terrific touch. That was particularly true on the contemplative, vividly drawn title track of ‘Time the Conqueror,’ the soaring if wistful ‘Giving That Heaven Away’ and the echoing, atmospheric ‘Live Nude Cabaret’...When it was done – after a reggaefied encore version of ‘I Am a Patriot’ – Browne thanked the audience for having indulged him. He needn't have: The pleasure was ours.’
Produced by Browne and Paul Dieter, Time The Conqueror was released September 23 on Inside Recordings, the independent label founded and run by Browne and his management team. It is his first set of new studio material since 2002’s The Naked Ride Home, and follows up two live albums recorded during recent solo acoustic tours in the U.S., the U.K. and Australia: the GRAMMY®-nominated Jackson Browne – Solo Acoustic, Vol. 1 (’05) and Vol. 2 (’08).