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If you’ve been wanting to support the Black Lives Matter movement by donating, but don’t know where to donate, try the ACLU! Michael Bublé took to social media to announce his pledge to match donations up to $100,000, as well as making his own donation to the organization. The ACLU has been working tirelessly to protect people’s civil rights for the last 100 years, and if you’d like to donate and have it matched, you can donate to them here. Please consider donating if you have the means!
David Guetta’s latest “United at Home” performance took place on May 31st and raised more than $500,000 for COVID-19 relief efforts! The performance aired from New York City’s Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center and, not to worry, social distancing was fully in effect! The crowd was made up of 24 million viewers, tuning in from all over and raising money for a good cause.
Who says we can’t have concerts in quarantine? Funds raised will go directly to The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, which is how NYC is raising funds for COVID-19 relief. Some of the other organizations that the money is going towards include Feeding America, Fondation Hôpitaux de Paris – Hôpitaux de France, whose mission is to improve the conditions of healthcare workers and patients in hospitals across France, and The World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. The event was sponsored by Major League Soccer and Heineken and streamed on many platforms, including David Guetta’s Facebook page.
Will Putney – We Can Do Better: Words From The Underground
A new live event is happening Sunday, June 14th. This event is an all-day live-streaming event hosted by Will Putney, featuring a collection of artists, record labels, producers, and managers. There will be an open discussion on various issues, as well as a Q&A and giveaways. A $10 donation gets your name thrown into the random drawing for giveaway prizes. Prizes include handmade items, test presses, 1 of 1 collectibles, music gear, merch, tons of vinyl, and more. The list of raffle items will be announced soon. Any other artists that would like to participate can email email@example.com. The All-Day “We Can Do Better” Charity Livestream is happening on June 14th. Let’s make history and support a cause.
Lindsay Adams is pretty new on the country music scene. Recently she debuted with her single ‘You Got Me’. The song was such a hit that she now marks over 150k streams on Spotify. That’s a pretty amazing feat in three short months. What’s next for the Canadian country girl? If you check out her Instagram, you’ll see a new single is dropping soon. Are you excited? We love a positive singer, and we believe in her belief in celebrating every milestone. So let’s celebrate and listen to ‘You Got Me’ while we wait on another bit of gold.
Capitol One City Parks Foundation, Summer Stage
Previously scheduled for June 6th, Capital One City Parks Foundation Summerstage with singer MAX has been rescheduled. Last week they just announced a then up and coming digital concert, ‘SummerStage Anywhere’. In the U.S, along with many places around the world, people are holding protests demanding justice for the unlawful killing of George Floyd, and the systemic oppression that Black people face. With the fight for justice happening now, they decided to reschedule the event. They stated, “SummerStage has been a platform and an advocate for community-based change, for more than 30 years and we stand with those committed to justice and against racism”. We don’t know the date it will be rescheduled for, so make sure to keep an eye on SummerStage’s socials for that.
Like many other artists, The Aggrolites are also rescheduling their Australia 2020 tour until next year, 2021. Fans have been waiting almost 10 years for the group to come back to Australia, and now have to wait one more year to hear the band’s 6th studio album, ‘REGGAE NOW!’ live! The band will be hitting 5 Australia stops, Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, and Melbourne. Check out the tour dates and buy tickets here so you can vibe out to their reggae beats!
Celebrities have continued their support for COVID 19 efforts. Andra Day is being added to that list. The soulful songstress released ‘Make Your Troubles Go Away.’ Day sings powerful vocals over the piano-driven song. ‘I wish I could take your pain’ she’s definitely doing her part by donating to those in need. Funds go to GiveDirectly which helps low-income families affected by the global pandemic.
James Bay appeared recently on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, on June 3rd. In this appearance, the singer-songwriter performed a tribute to the late Bill Withers. Performing a moving rendition of ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’. During these days of quarantine Bay has taken to giving guitar lessons on Instagram Live Wednesdays and Fridays. Among the popular songs taught have been ‘Let It Go’, ‘Hold Back The River’, ‘Us’, and more. You can view previous lessons or catch some new ones. Did you catch the performance? Have you been taking some guitar lessons?
United We Sing: A Grammy Salute To The Unsung Heroes!
On June 21st, turn your TVs to CBS because there is a special treat in store for you, especially if you’re a fan of Harry Connick Jr. A new two-hour special event was announced titled UNITED WE SING: A GRAMMY® SALUTE TO THE UNSUNG HEROES, in honor of essential workers. For the film buffs or movie lovers out there, the special was produced by Renato Basile and Ann Marie Wilkins. Executive producers are Harry Connick, Jr., and Ken Ehrlich. Leon Knoles is the director.
The show is produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures in partnership with the Recording Academy. The story is a father-daughter pair, making their way from Connecticut to New Orleans listening to the stories of essential workers. The special will invite donors to contribute to charities that support underserved children, such as No Kid Hungry, and the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music in New Orleans, as well as to the MusiCares® COVID-19 Relief Fund. Tune in to CBS June 21st, 8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT for a closer look at today’s essential workers.
Sturgill Simpson is a GRAMMY award-winning icon and has been working hard to bring us this webcast, live from the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. It will be broadcast on Friday, June 5th at 6 PM EDT on nugs.tv, the nugs.net YouTube or Facebook channels, It will also be available on Simpson’s twitch and youtube channels. He hopes to raise money for 3 fabulous charities The Equity Alliance, Special Forces Foundation, and MusiCares. With a little help from some of his friends, this was sure to be one special, unmissable night of music!!
As of June 3rd, Beartooth has made a loud decree of their support of the Black Lives Matter movement. A lot has happened, and there has been a lot of talk about who will speak out. Beartooth is definitely all in. Using their platform they are spreading the word by raising money. In that push to raise funds, Beartooth will be selling a Black Lives Matter t-shirt with 100% of the proceeds going to the Black Lives Matter Organization.
“We stand with the entire black community in the fight against systematic oppression. This shirt includes the names of just some of those who lost their lives at the hands of police in the U.S. in recent years. May their names live on. All proceeds will go to Black Lives Matter.” —Beartooth
Second Arrows – Second Arrows(June 26th)
Alpha Wolf – A Quiet Place To Die(September 25th)
Rebultion – Attention Span Dub(July 17th)
GASHI – 1984(August 7th)
Oumou Sangaré – Acoustic (June 19th)
Dolls – Eggshells (June 20th)
Aimee Simone – Say Yes, Say No (July 31st)
NOFX and Frank Turner – West Coast Vs. Wessex(July 31st)
Emmure – Hindsight(June 26th)
Holy Sweet Releases! How’s that for a sugar high? With a list like that, can life get any sweeter? We think not.
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Sweet Releases Words By: Mar Maldonado, Valerie Valdez, Parish Hodges, Dakota Ash, Kat Voss, and Emily Defoor.