Lifelong Activist Kris Kristofferson to Receive Woody Guthrie Prize

By Kennedi Johnson Tackling topics from racism to poverty, folk singer and songwriter Woody Guthrie dedicated his life to voicing the issues of oppressed Americans through his music. In honor of his altruistic spirit, the Woody Guthrie Center annually awards … Continue reading

St. Vincent, Rhye, Questlove & More for First-Ever Festival of Disruption Benefiting David Lynch Foundation

By Kennedi Johnson Surrealist filmmaker and artist David Lynch has been a practitioner and advocate of Transcendental Meditation (TM) for more than 40 years. “TM is, in a word, life changing for the good,” says Lynch. In order to bring … Continue reading

Switchfoot Returns with 12th Annual Bro-Am Benefiting Youth

By James Pleasant Alternative rock band Switchfoot will host its 12th annual Bro-Am charity event on July 9 — an event founded to benefit charities for underprivileged children in the San Diego area. Bro-Am, which usually draws more than 15,000 … Continue reading

Demi Lovato, The Lumineers, Andra Day and More Launch MusiCares Social Media Challenge

By Kennedi Johnson The music community is a tight-knit group, so it comes as no surprise that there’s an organization created by music people for music people. This organization, the MusiCares Foundation, recently launched an innovative social media campaign, the … Continue reading

Paul McCartney, Sting and Other Top Musicians Launch ‘Don’t Stop the Music’ Campaign for Music Education

By Kennedi Johnson “Every kid deserves the right to learn an instrument,” says musical icon Paul McCartney. “If it hadn’t been for my dad giving me a trumpet on my 14th birthday, which I traded for a Framus Zenith guitar, … Continue reading

Members of Guns N’ Roses, Deep Purple & Cheap Trick Front Star-Studded Benefit for Adopt the Arts

By Kennedi Johnson With arts-based curriculum increasingly becoming a footnote in American education, organizations that strive to preserve and protect arts in public schools are all the more important. One such organization is the LA-based charity, Adopt the Arts. On … Continue reading

Haim, Beth Ditto, ZZ Ward & More for Girls Rock Camp Foundation Event

By Kennedi Johnson There are certainly plenty of amazing girls who rock, but in a male-dominated music industry, it’s hard to deny that we need to nurture more rockin’ girls. That’s where the Girls Rock Camp Foundation comes in. Since … Continue reading

Pabst Blue Ribbon Grants Bands’ Wishes Through the PBR Music Foundation

By James Pleasant Burgeoning bands often face countless obstacles on the road to success, whether it’s a broken down tour van, unexpected illness or even a chance encounter with a crocodile who gobbles up all of their gear (it could … Continue reading

Will Ferrell and Chad Smith Throw a Quinceanera for Two Great Causes

By Kennedi Johnson Funnyman Will Ferrell and his uncanny lookalike, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith, cordially invite you to their Red Hot Benefit Comedy + Music Show & Quinceanera! That’s right — two grown men are throwing themselves … Continue reading