Jack White Receives Key to Cincinnati for His Advocacy and Support to Preserve King Records

Jack White and Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley, photo courtesy of Big Hassle Media

By Jay Corliss

Jack White was recently presented with the key to Cincinnati by the city’s Mayor John Cranley in front of the historic King Records building. This event was held to honor the renowned rocker’s advocacy for music preservation and most importantly his support of King Records.

Opened in 1943, King Records quickly became a creative workspace and mecca for many notable musicians. James Brown recorded several hits at King, and it was there that he and Bootsy Collins began their musical collaboration. Despite its rich history, the building was set to be demolished, and it was only through extensive community efforts to secure its landmark status, vocal support from renowned musicians including Jack White and Bootsy Collins, and a recent deal and acquisition by the city of Cincinnati, that it is being preserved.

“Jack White has been an unfailing supporter of King Records,” said Mayor Cranley. “Jack has actually covered Little Willie John’s song, ‘I’m Shakin’,’ which on the original recording our own Philip Paul played the drums, and he recently wore a King Records shirt in a cover story for Q Magazine.”

Now that the building is safely in the hands of city, Evanston neighborhood president Anzora Adkins and the King Records Nonprofit Steering Committee have joined forces to work on plans to stabilize and revitalize the property. The committee includes leaders from  the Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation, King Studios and the Bootsy Collins Foundation.

To support the efforts preserve the King Records building, go here.

Jack Johnson to Headline Kauai Flood Benefit Concert

Jack Johnson

by Rachel Komich

Jack Johnson will headline the Kōkua for Kaua’i benefit concert on May 12 to help restore the community of Kaua’i after unprecedented rains caused widespread devastation on the Hawaiian island, leaving thousands of residents in need of support to rebuild their homes, businesses and farms.

The concert, which will also feature Donavon Frankenreiter, Paula Fuga, and Makana, will take place at the Poipu Beach Athletic Club in Kauai and directly benefit the displaced residents.

All of the proceeds will go to the Kauai Relief & Recovery Fund at Hawai’i Community Foundation (HFC), a fund created to provide immediate relief such as shelter, healthcare, and food and water. HFC is the leading philanthropic institution in Hawaii and distributed more than $59 million in grants and contracts in 2017 alone.

In addition to supporting thousands of locals, the benefit show will be entirely plastic free. There will be no single-use plastic items available for purchase. Instead, beverages will be sold in cans, and all silverware will be compostable. Concert-goers are encouraged to bring their own reusable bottles to refill at water stations, part of the Zero Waste Kauai initiative.

Jack Johnson shows off his customized reusable water bottle. Photo: Max Tischler

Johnson, who grew up in Hawaii and is an avid supporter of several environmental causes, founded the Kokua Hawaii Foundation with his wife Kim. The foundation supports environmental education for children in Hawaiian schools and teaches them about good health & nutrition in addition to environmental stewardship. Through his tours, albums and personal donations, he has given more than $30 million to charity since 2001.

To donate directly to the Kauai Relief & Recovery Fund through the Hawai’i Community Foundation, click here.

Tickets to the benefit show and more information can be found at www.bampproject.com and www.jackjohnsonmusic.com. 

Community Service is All Within Metallica’s Hands

By Rachel Komich

Metallica is launching a national community service initiative dedicated to improving the communities that have been part of their journey for so many years. The band’s All Within My Hands foundation, launched last year, has declared May 23 as Metallica Day of Service, encouraging fans to go out and volunteer with local food banks to help fight nationwide hunger.

Last summer during their tour, the band contributed to local charity partners in each city they performed in including Little Kids Rock, MusiCares and Feeding America. Now they’re encouraging people to get involved by volunteering in their communities.

Check out the list of foodbanks here and find one to volunteer with in your area. If those are out of reach, Metallica suggests visiting the Feeding America website to find a nearby food bank. Volunteers who register to pitch in on Metallica’s Day of Service will be given an All Within My Hands t-shirt.

Check out Metallica’s video to learn more.

Imagine Dragons’ LoveLoud Festival Featuring Zedd & Grace VanderWaal Will Support LGBTQ Youth

Imagine Dragons will headline the LoveLoud Festival. Photo: Eliot Lee Hazel

By Jay Corliss

The 2nd Annual LoveLoud Festival will take place on July 28, 2018, at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah. With an ambitious lineup that includes Imagine Dragons, Zedd, Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda, Grace VanderWaal and more, the festival not only aims to provide quality, live entertainment but also to raise more than 1 million dollars for local and national LGBTQ+ charities. 

Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds created LoveLoud last year to spark conversations about “what it means to unconditionally love, understand, accept, and support LGBTQ+ youth in an effort to keep families together.” Now in its second year, Reynolds says the festival will be “a day dedicated to celebrating diversity while listening to great music and inspiring speakers.” 

Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit organizations that support the LGBTQ+ community including Encircle, an LGBTQ family and youth resource center; The Trevor Project, an organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services; and the Tegan and Sara Foundation, which fights for economic justice, health and representation for LGBTQ girls and women. 

More lineup announcements to come. Click here to get tickets.

Music Stars Support Students Advocating for Stricter Gun Laws Through March for Our Lives Movement

Harry Styles supports the March for Our Lives movement.

By Jay Corliss

Since the tragic school shooting in Parkland, FL last month, students from Parkland School and young people across the country have been advocating for stricter gun control laws and calling for an end to gun violence. Their movement, March For Our Lives, has generated many social media posts, walkouts, and debates about gun laws.

Now it seems that their efforts are inspiring musicians to take a stance on the issue. On March 2, Harry Styles tweeted his support by saying, “I just signed the @AMarch4OurLives petition, and you should too.”

The petition precedes the March For Our Lives event on March 24 and outlines the reforms that students will demand from lawmakers as they descend on Washington, DC and various state capitals.

Other musicians who have signed the petition include Hayley Williams from Paramore, St. Vincent, Justin Bieber, and Fifth Harmony’s Lauren Jauregui.

Recently, Sophie Hawley-Weld from emerging dance-pop duo Sofi Tukker also showed her support for the movement by rocking a March For Our Lives Sticker on her guitar strap during a Conan performance.

Rock band Incubus are also encouraging fans join the March for Our Lives event, and are offering the chance to win tickets to the upcoming In Bloom Festival in Houston and meet the band via Propeller by taking action and joining the movement to end gun violence in schools.

“As a band, we are so amazed and in awe of the young humans who have responded to the Parkland School shooting last month in Florida,” Incubus said in a statement. “We support you and we are so grateful for your courage and perseverance in organizing March For Our Lives and rallying the country to help end gun violence.”

Female-Fronted Music Festival GIRLSCHOOL Returns with Shirley Manson, Carrie Brownstein and More

Shirley Manson from Garbage will appear once again at the 2018 GIRLSCHOOL festival.

by Rachel Komich

GIRLSCHOOL is back for the third year of its eponymous three-day festival featuring an impressive array of music, poetry, panels and workshops delivered by female-identifying artists. The stellar line-up includes Shirley Manson of Garbage with The GIRLSCHOOL Choir, Jay Som, Kristin Control and several special guests. The fest will take place February 2-4 at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles and begins with a keynote address by Portlandia creator and Sleater-Kinney front-woman Carrie Brownstein. The festival will also host poets Shauna Barbosa, Morgan Parker and more.

Founder Anna Bulbrook of Airborne Toxic Event, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and The Bulls, started the GIRlSCHOOL collective when she realized how few women were involved in the alternative music scene.

GIRLSCHOOL founder Anna Bulbrook. Photo: Charlotte Patmore

“I’d like girls to see that a happy and respectful community that includes people of all genders can come together to celebrate women’s artistry, listen to women’s voices, and have a really good time at a f–ing great music festival,” Bulbrook told us in an interview before last year’s festival. What began as a residency at a local LA club turned into a full-fledged festival with the mission of creating a positive and inspiring creative space for a diverse community to celebrate female-created music and art.

A percentage of proceeds from the festival will go to WriteGirl, a creative writing and mentoring nonprofit organization that promotes creativity, critical thinking and leadership skills to empower teen girls.

Tickets for GIRLSCHOOL can be purchased here.

Beck Teams Up with ASPCA for Adorable Poodle-Filled Video

Baby Mame and her poodle pals in Beck’s “Fix Me” video.

Beck has teamed up with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) on the new video for his song “Fix Me,” the final track off of his recent Grammy-nominated album, Colors.

Featuring beloved Instagram baby Mame and her adorable canine friends doing their typical daily activities at their home in the hills of Yamagata, Japan, the charming video is sure to brighten any animal lover’s day.

The video features Mame and her three poodle pals celebrating birthdays together, wearing matching outfits, eating, reading and napping side by side, and doing several of the things best friends typically do.

For the video’s release, Beck has partnered with the ASPCA to encourage fans to make a charitable donation to support the valuable work of the first animal humane society established in North America. Check out the video below and visit www.aspca.org/helpanimals to find out more.

Leaders from Top Brands & Nonprofits Gather to Discuss Business as a Force for Good

(L-R) Karen Becker from TCNJ School of Business, Anna Lisa Lukes from Golden State Foods, Melodie Kinet from Samasource, and Chris Fox from Hanesbrands at the Responsible Business Summit West

By Laura Ferreiro

The inaugural Responsible Business Summit West took place in San Francisco November 14-15, bringing together top business leaders, nonprofits, think tanks and academics to discuss issues surrounding Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and ethical business practices.

Among the attendees were brands including Timberland, Google, HP, Levi Strauss, Facebook, Hanesbrands and Target, and nonprofits including United Way, World Vision, Project Wet Foundation, the UN Global Compact and more. The conference, which was organized by the UK-based organization Ethical Corp, tackled important issues including the business value of social impact, how to scale up social impact through partner collaborations, leveraging social purpose as a recruitment tool, and how to realign established businesses around social impact and making it an integral part of their missions.

On Day 1, a compelling panel on how to effectively educate colleagues about the value of CSR brought together reps from Google, Intuit, and Edelman public relations. Diane Wakeley Solinger, Director of Google.org, said that Google is investing $1 billion in three major social good areas: education, economic opportunity, and inclusion and social justice. Google is providing funding, volunteers and tools to innovative nonprofits to help them further their work, and this is a key pillar of Google’s business. Solinger admitted that it can be challenging to bring Google’s 80,000 employees along on this journey and to get everyone to feel a part of the social mission. She added that Google would welcome the opportunity to collaborate with other tech companies on social good initiatives to broaden their impact. “We go insular too often,” she said.

John D. Edelman explained that Edelman is also “on a journey to embed corporate citizenship and sustainability into everything we do.” In order to do so most effectively, the global PR and marketing firm did a survey to find out which Sustainable Development Goals its employees cared about most, and is targeting its social good efforts to address those issues.

Another compelling panel examined the very important business value of social purpose. HP’s Director of Human Rights and Supply Chain Responsibility Annukka Dickens explained how HP is working across industry borders to make an impact, and showed a video about a program that HP implemented to buy recycled plastics from Haiti to make its printer cartridges while also helping local Haitians to earn money by collecting plastic bottles for recycling and transforming waste into useful products, making it a win-win for everyone involved. Watch the video below:

Zendesk’s VP of Social Impact Tiffany Apczynski said that she hopes CSR departments will be on par with other key operational departments like Human Resources at companies going forward, and mentioned that it has been proven that CSR is closely linked with employee contentment.

On the second day of the conference, an External Keynote discussion about the need for businesses to go beyond compliance was delivered by Michael Kobori, Vice President of Sustainability for Levi Strauss, and Marcel Jacobs, Director of Supplier Sustainability for Philips Group.

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Cancer-Fighting Virtual Music Festival Returns with Ed Sheeran, Nick Jonas, The Breeders — Exclusive Vance Joy Video Premiere

Vance Joy performs from bed for Bedstock 2017

 By Rachel Komich &
Laura Ferreiro

Ed Sheeran, Nick Jonas, The Breeders, Iron and Wine, Vance Joy and several other musicians are back for the fourth annual Bedstock – a virtual music festival in which artists perform from their beds to raise funds and awareness for kids fighting cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. The artists are playing music from their beds in solidarity with seriously ill kids who have to spend their holiday season in hospital beds. Approximately 100 artists are taking part in this virtual festival to raise money for MyMusicRx, the “music as medicine” program affiliated with the Children’s Cancer Association (CCA).

Ed Sheeran performs from his bed for Bedstock 2017

This year’s theme is “Bigger and BEDDER,” due to the addition of a new inclusive feature that asks the audience for their participation. With the hashtag #BedStockChallenge, anyone can be part of Bedstock by adding their own performance to social media and encouraging their friends to do the same.

“Bedstock is an incredible showcase for the kids we have the privilege to serve and for our passionate belief that joy matters and music heals,” said Regina Ellis, founder and CEO of CCA. “By literally playing from bed, artists and their fans can join MyMusicRx in making a difference right now in the lives of children and teens in the fight of their lives against cancer and other devastating diagnoses.”

Over the past four years, artists including Jack Johnson, Panic! At the Disco, Moby, Norah Jones, Tegan and Sara, Jim James, X Ambassadors, The Decembrists, Lucius, and BøRNS have all gotten cozy for Bedstock and helped raise more than $95,000 to continue MyMusicRx’s mission of providing bedside and online music medicine programs nationwide through 25 pediatric hospitals. The program began more than 20 years ago with a vision to bring joy and stress-relief to patients of all ages and diagnoses through music.

The Breeders perform for Bedstock

“I’m excited to be performing from bed for Bedstock this year and hope that my fans and social followers will join me in supporting such an amazing cause,” said Jonas. “To play in bed for hospitalized kids who can’t get out of theirs is an incredible honor that I am proud to be a part of.”

Event sponsors and partners include Nike, Atlantic Records, Ace Hotel, Pandora, Sonos, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, and more.

Watch the exclusive premiere of Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy performing his hit “Riptide” from bed below. For a full lineup and to watch all of the performances, go to bedstock.com.

The Killers and Imagine Dragons to Headline Las Vegas Shooting Benefit Show

The Killers

By Kaylee Muchow

A benefit concert will be held next month to help the victims of the recent Las Vegas shooting massacre. The benefit will be held December 1 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will be headlined by Las Vegas natives The Killers and Imagine Dragons. Other performers include Boyz II Men, Cirque de Soleil performers, Penn and Teller, magician David Copperfield, and more that will be announced soon.

The benefit concert will aid people impacted by the tragic shooting, which took place October 1 in which a gunman shot and killed 58 people and injured more than 500 others at the Route 91 Harvest music festival on the Las Vegas strip before killing himself.

Tickets are available here and range from $75 to $125. Proceeds will go towards benefitting the Las Vegas Victims Fund. If you want to help in other ways, you can donate to the National Compassion Fund by texting VEGAS to 20222 to give $10. Your donation will go directly towards those who were affected by the Las Vegas shooting.