Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Jason Mraz and Joel Rafael Donate over $85k to Standing Rock

on December 14, 2016 No comments
Vincent Schilling

Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Jason Mraz, Joel Rafael and John Trudell’s Bad Dog donated over $85k to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe this week from proceeds and donations from their November 27 benefit concert at the Prairie Knights Pavilion in Fort Yates, ND, seven miles from Oceti Sakowin Camp.

Bonnie Raitt, Nick of Time song by Bonnie Raitt (Standing Rock Reservation, 27 November 2016)

Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Brown Thing Called Love song by John Hiatt (Standing Rock, 27 November 2016)

Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Joel Rafael, Jason Mraz I Am a Patriot (Standing Rock, 27 Nov 2016)

Jackson Browne, rap and Take it Easy with Bonnie Raitt (Standing Rock, 27 November 2016)

Bonnie Raitt with Val McCullum Well Well Well song by Dylan & O’Keefe (Standing Rock, 27 Nov 2016)

Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne Angel From Montgomery song by John Prine (Standing Rock, 27 Nov 2016)

Joel Rafael, Jackson Browne, Bad Dog, et alii Rockin’ the Rez (Standing Rock, 27 November 2016)

Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt World in Motion (Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, 27 November 2016)

The benefit concert sold over 1,500 tickets to the general public and provided 800 free tickets to the Standing Rock community and water protectors. In addition to the money raised for the Tribe, Browne, Raitt and Rafael spent the day before the show at the Oceti Sakowin camp, donating over 500 blankets to those staying for the winter.

Bonnie Raitt with Faith Spotted Eagle and family at the Oceti Sakowin camp. Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Jason Mraz and donated $85k to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

“What an incredible honor it was to get to experience the powerful coming together of so many thousands united in spirit and commitment to nonviolence, to protect the water and sacred sites,” said Raitt in a press release.

“Arriving at the Oceti Sakowin Camp, with tipis, yurts and campers stretched as far as the eye could see, remains one of my life’s most memorable experiences. Meeting with the tribal elders, taking part in sacred ceremonies, witnessing the incredible work and coordination to provide food, sanitation, security, schooling, medical care and spiritual sustenance to those thousands who have been in the camps and on the line since the summer was incredible. I was filled with such great respect and admiration,” Raitt said.

Chairman Dave Archambault II’s family join Jackson and Bonnie at Oceti Sakowin camp: Betty Archambault, Joel Rafael, Dave Archambault, Sr., Bonnie Raitt, Donna Archambault Rogers and Jackson Browne. © Jackson Browne

“We hope the decision to halt construction will prevail in the New Year, but I know the people taking a stand there will continue their fight. We are committed to moving away from our dependence on fossil fuels and into a safer, more job-intensive green energy future. In the meantime, the resilience, strength and courage of all those at Standing Rock will continue to inspire my commitment to nonviolence and the power of people coming together to impact social change,” she said.

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Keep a Child Alive’s Black Ball “REDUX” Raises $2.9 Million for HIV Treatment and Care in Africa and India

on December 7, 2012 No comments

by Keep a Child Alive


Benefit honored Oprah Winfrey and Angelique Kidjo at Harlem’s Apollo Theater with emcee Whoopi Goldberg

Featured performances from Grammy Award-winning artists Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson, Angelique Kidjo and Bonnie Raitt with special guest Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes

Bonnie Raitt and Alicia Keys perform on stage during Black Ball Redux at The Apollo Theater on December 6, 2012 in New York City.
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Bonnie Raitt and Alicia Keys performing "I Can't Make You Love Me" on stage during Black Ball Redux at The Apollo Theater on December 6, 2012 in New York City.
Bonnie Raitt, Alicia Keys, and Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes perform on stage during Black Ball Redux at The Apollo Theater on December 6, 2012 in New York City.


NEW YORK, Dec. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Keep a Child Alive CEO Peter Twyman announced today that the Black Ball REDUX, held last night at “Harlem’s World Famous Apollo Theater,” raised over $2.9 million – funds that will go to providing lifesaving HIV treatment, care and support to children and families affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa and India. The event honored the incomparable Oprah Winfrey and Grammy Award-winning Beninoise singer-songwriter and activist Angelique Kidjo for their philanthropic contributions in Africa and worldwide and was emceed by Whoopi Goldberg. With performances by Alicia Keys, Angelique Kidjo, Bonnie Raitt, Jennifer Hudson and Brittany Howard of the band Alabama Shakes, the event evoked the dynamism of Modern Africa, paying tribute to the empowerment of women and the promise of an AIDS-free Africa.


Bonnie Raitt and Alicia Keys – I Can’t Make You Love Me


“The phrase ‘the show must go on’ was proven last night at the Black Ball REDUX,” said Alicia Keys. “I’m thrilled by the outpouring of support for Keep a Child Alive despite the recent tragedies in my hometown of New York from Hurricane Sandy. We must never forget to take care of others, near or far, and I’m grateful the show went on, allowing us to continue supporting life-saving programs in Africa and India.”

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Curtis Salgado “Glad to be singing the blues”
Seriously ill 4 years ago, Curtis Salgado hits the festival stage tonight

on August 22, 2010 No comments
By Roger Levesque

Concert Preview
Curtis Salgado Big Band
What: Labatt Blues Festival
Where: Heritage Amphitheatre Hawrelak Park
When: Tonight at 8:30
Tickets: sold out

Curtis Salgado may have his quibbles over the ups and downs of show business but more than anything, he’s just happy to be alive.

“I’m rich in friends and famous in the eyes of God,” chuckles the singer and harmonica man now based in Portland, Ore.

CURTIS SALGADO Live at Willamette Valley Blues & Brews Festival, Springfield, OR 2010

It was only four years ago that he found himself staring down some heavy health issues, which came to include liver and lung cancer. Some good friends in music — Bonnie Raitt and Steve Miller among them — marshalled forces and held a series of benefits to pay his medical bills, and he got a transplant in the nick of time. In the end, Salgado made a full recovery, or a Clean Getaway, as he put it in the title of his 2008 album.

“I had a couple of miracles happen and I beat some astronomical odds, so it’s hard not to think about it every day,” he says.

Salgado insists he was more focused on getting his career going again with Clean Getaway, and that the songs reflected little of his ordeal. Still, you have to wonder if a little subconscious effort wasn’t at work, given the sheer intensity of the songs.

Bonnie Raitt, Curtis Salgado, Tony Branunagel, Johnny Lee Schell, and Hutch Hutchinson
Bonnie Raitt, Curtis Salgado, Tony Branunagel, Johnny Lee Schell, and Hutch Hutchinson

He was thrilled to be working with the Los Angeles session greats of The Phantom Blues Band, who have backed up Taj Mahal, B.B. King, Raitt and others. Most of it was recorded live off the floor, and some tracks on the album even use his very first vocal take.

“It was so much fun working with these guys. It was like playing with one of those great studio bands from the old days. They just played exactly what I wanted, never too much and never too little.”

Certain tracks do have a spareness and sound that’s reminiscent of vintage soul recordings from the ’60s. The disc’s range and impact have garnered wide acclaim, and earlier this year Salgado was happy to win the Blues Foundation award for Best Soul Blues Male Vocalist.

While Clean Getaway does lean more toward soul, he’s weary of being pigeonholed in one category or another.

“It’s all under the same umbrella. If you look at my other records, they have covered the gauntlet of rhythm and blues from old school rock ‘n’ roll to gospel and funk.”

It’s true, Salgado is a multi-faceted artist. Alongside work in many lesser-known groups, the most famous parts of his musical apprenticeship included stints with Boston’s Roomful of Blues and later, a short time with Carlos Santana. He was even the main inspiration for John Belushi’s role in The Blues Brothers movie years before he made his solo recording debut in 1991.

Today, he finds the realities of touring a bit of a struggle. “Being a musician is kind of like being a migrant farm worker. The crops are in during the summertime, you play every market there is to play and you’re left looking for more work in the winter when the festivals go away. But it seems that a lot of people are coming out to see the show either way.”

Salgado already has a dozen tracks down for his next album, again with the Phantom Blues Band, due out early next year. He says there will be a couple of those numbers on the bill when he appears here today for the first time with a full band.

Source: © Copyright The Edmonton Journal
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