Don’t Miss: MusiCares MAP Fund 2014: OZZY OZBOURNE

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The 10th anniversary MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert will honor GRAMMY-winning Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne and owner and CEO of the Village studios Jeff Greenberg at Club Nokia in Los Angeles on May 12.

Osbourne will be honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund, and for his commitment to helping other addicts with the addiction recovery process. Greenberg will receive MusiCares’ From the Heart Award for his unconditional friendship and dedication to the mission and goals of the organization. All proceeds will benefit the MusiCares MAP Fund, which provides members of the music community access to addiction recovery treatment regardless of their financial situation.

Continuing to celebrate the memory of the late DJ AM, the evening’s DJ will be Mix Master Mike. There will also be a performance by Osbourne and his touring band with special guest Slash. Additional performers will be announced shortly.

“Ten years ago MusiCares merged with the Musicians’ Assistance Program, originally founded by Buddy Arnold, to create the MusiCares MAP Fund,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and MusiCares. “Since then our addiction recovery resources and programs have grown substantially, and this annual benefit provides a meaningful way to recognize artists and industry professionals who are on the frontlines in the battle to fight this crippling disease. It’s an honor to celebrate Ozzy and Jeff in our 10th anniversary year, and we know it will be an extraordinary evening filled with heartfelt words and serious rock and roll.”

“I know firsthand about the ravages of addiction and I also know that the MusiCares MAP Fund is a vital safety net for people in the music industry who need help with substance abuse,” said Osbourne. “This organization literally saves lives.”

“I’ve been lucky to spend my life in the music business doing things that I love,” said Greenberg. “But I’ve also seen the serious and, all too often, fatal effects of addiction in our industry, so that’s why I am an ardent supporter of the MusiCares MAP Fund.”

Osbourne’s career has spanned more than four decades as both a solo artist and as the lead singer of metal icons Black Sabbath, and includes three GRAMMY wins and an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In June 2013 Black Sabbath released their critically acclaimed album 13, which debuted at No. 1 in 13 countries and was the first studio album in 35 years to feature original Black Sabbath members Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi and Osbourne. At the 56th GRAMMY Awards on Jan. 26, the group won a GRAMMY for Best Metal Performance for the album’s lead single “God Is Dead?”

Beyond his music career, Osbourne is a best-selling author (I Am Ozzy, 2010; Trust Me, I’m Dr. Ozzy: Advice From Rock’s Ultimate Survivor, 2011), an advice columnist (The Sunday TimesThe London Times and Rolling Stone) and among the first rockers to have a celebrity reality television program with “The Osbournes.”

Owner and CEO of the Village studios in West Los Angeles, Greenberg was managing his first rock band at 19. He went on to produce some of the very first skateboarding events, and 1978’s Cal Jam II (one of the biggest one-day festivals in history). Greenberg subsequently booked and promoted concerts for Nederlander venues such as the Greek Theatre. He later became a talent agent for ICM where, with Tom Ross, he represented artists such as Aerosmith, Fleetwood Mac, Heart, Barry Manilow, Linda Ronstadt, and Santana, among others.

The Village has produced many of the most iconic albums of the past half-century, including those by Eric Clapton, Coldplay, Dr. Dre, Elton John, Janet Jackson, Lady Gaga, Ozzy Osbourne, Pink Floyd, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the Rolling Stones, among others. The complex, located in a 1922 Masonic Temple, hosts many events for artists and organizations such as The Recording Academy. Greenberg is past president and current director of the Society of Professional Audio Recording Services, a Producers & Engineers Wing Advisory Board member, and Governor and current Secretary of The Recording Academy Los Angeles Chapter. Greenberg was also one of the original board members of the Musicians’ Assistance Program.

For MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert special dinner and concert ticket information, contact Wynnie Wynne 310.392.3777 or wynniew@grammy.com. General admission seats will be made available via AXS.

Don’t Miss MusiCares MAPFund 2013: STP & Chester Bennington

map169701684May was a rough month for rock, having lost legendary musicians such as the Doors’Ray Manzarek and Slayer’s Jeff Hanneman. In the hours leading up to the ninth annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert on May 30 at Club Nokia, I thought a lot about the cycle of influence — how one person inspires another, who then goes on to inspire someone else. After speaking with the evening’s performers and attendees, as well as previous and current MAP Fund honorees about the topic of inspiration, I found myself feeling inspired by these stories of courage and perseverance as I took my front-row seat.

With an opening DJ set by Mix Master Mike of the Beastie Boys, comedian Bobby Lee began his host duties for the evening by making everyone laugh. Early Morning Rebel rose to the occasion as the night’s musical openers, playing their song “Lifeboat.”

Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman and previous recipient of the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award Anthony Kiedis introduced the evening’s first honoree — legendary skateboarder Tony Alva, who was honored with the MusiCares From the Heart Award. Kiedis spoke about how Alva gave him a skateboard when he was 21, which he used for transportation, and how Alva took it back when he found out Kiedis was using drugs. Alva then delivered a heartfelt and spiritual speech about his sobriety. Earlier in the evening, Alva told me about a recent trip to Baja California that helped him mentally prepare for the night, and how surfing has helped him connect to the world. In his speech he thanked last year’s honoree, Kevin Lyman, and told a story of how he went from using mostly four-letter words to three-letter words, such as “fun.” Then came a performance from Alva’s Chicken Noodle Soup Project, a jam band with a fittingly distinct surf vibe.

Next up was Norwegian rock vocalist Ida Maria and her band. Performing a three-song set, including “I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked,” her exuberant energy and shimmery silver-fringe dress uplifted the crowd.

Comedian Andy Dick delivered a series of jokes about sobriety and racism that had the crowd in stitches, leading into the second half of the evening. Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda introduced the second honoree of the night, his bandmate Chester Bennington, and presented him with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award in recognition of his support of the MusiCares MAP Fund and his commitment to the addiction recovery process. Shinoda provided stories that illustrated Bennington’s character, including the time Bennington walked out on his own birthday party to record vocals for Linkin Park tracks when he first joined the band. Shinoda spoke of Bennington’s level of commitment to what he believes in, citing a time when the vocalist broke his arm at the beginning of a set in Australia and kept playing. He also touched on Linkin Park’s nonprofit organization Music for Relief, which has launched an effort to help tornado victims in Oklahoma.

“Getting sober is the biggest thing he’s done for the longevity of Linkin Park,” said Shinoda in closing, before Bennington delivered a humble acceptance speech.

“I’m happy to show up and play with my friends if it helps raise money to help people,” said Bennington. “The power of giving is contagious … you can give it away and not lose anything.”

It was an unexpectedly heavy moment for me as Bennington took the stage as the new frontman for Stone Temple Pilots with guitarist Dean DeLeo, bassist Robert DeLeo and drummer Eric Kretz and performed “Wicked Garden.” While it’s been interesting to see how the members of some bands have refigured and reimagined themselves over the years, the songs are the glue that keeps it all together. It may have been a different voice singing “Big Bang Baby,” “Vasoline” and “Trippin’ On A Hole In A Paper Heart,” but the music persevered.

In the finale, the Stone Temple Pilots were joined by Slash and Duff McKagan for a cover of Mott The Hoople’s “All The Young Dudes,” which was written by David Bowie. As I left the building, I remembered some of the various configurations in which I’ve seen these musicians perform. They are the rock icons of my generation, and on this night they joined their rebellious forces for a good cause.

If the GRAMMY Awards is Music’s Biggest Night, the MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert is music’s most compassionate night.

Don’t Miss: MusiCares MAP Fund May 6th 2011

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MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit To Honor singer Dave Gahan and Vans Warped Tour founder Kevin LymanSteven Tyler (www.twitter.com/IamStevenT; www.steventyler.com) will present the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award to Gahan for his dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund, and for his commitment to helping other addicts with the addiction and recovery process. Concert promoter Gary Tovar will present Lyman will be the recipient of MusiCares’ From the Heart Award for his unconditional friendship and dedication to the mission and goals of the organization.

Host: Comedian Greg Behrendt
Performers: Chester Bennington, Curt Bisquera, Dave Gahan, Jane’s Addiction, Vincent Jones, Martyn LeNoble, David Levita, Jason Orme, Ozomatli, and Paramore. Adam Bravin and Justin Warfield from She Wants Revenge will DJ during dinner.

Tickets are available on Ticketmaster (http://www.ticketmaster.co​m/event/2C00465545293F55) or contact Wynnie Wynn for more information (310 581-8659, wynniew@grammy.com).

 

About Rynda’s SXSW 2011 CauseWeRock Panel: Help I Need Somebody

 

 

CauseWeRock is happy to announce that our first event will be at SXSW Music 2011! Saturday March 19th @ 3:30pm

Help! I Need Somebody: Musicians With a Cause

What are musicians doing to give back? Plenty. Join our panel of superstar artists as they discuss why they get involved. Listen to personal stories relating to health issues, green/environment initiatives, activism and more. From personal appearances, monetary support, living by example, donating goods and content etc, musicians have a platform to speak to a wide audie…nce and create awareness and involvement with their fans. Hear first hand how music, musicians and YOU can change lives. We will also look at how social networks, mobile applications and online platforms help musicians/organizations to expand their message.

Confirmed panelists:

Kathy Valentine, The GoGo’s, Bluebonnets

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Patty Schemel, Drummer, Hit So Hard


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Brandon Deroche, Causecast


current campaign:
http://www.downloadtodonate.org/

Peter Griesar, one.org
http://www.twitter.com/petergriesar

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Jason Thomas Gordon, Kingsize, Founder Music Gives to St. Jude Kids

http://thisiskingsize.com/

http://www.stjudefriends.org/musicgives/

CauseWeRock.org is focused on showcasing music artists who are involved in philanthropic activities.
http://www.causewerock.org

MORE INFO:
SXSW official page: http://bit.ly/sxswCWR11
Facebook: http://bit.ly/cwrSXSW
Plancast: http://plancast.com/p/3tmr
Hashtag: #sxswCWR

thanks for your support!
Rynda Laurel, Founder

Curating, Moderatring, Coordinating! FAIRfund, Digital LA, Live Earth, Girls In Tech

Here are some events I am involved with this month. Hope to see you there!

FAIRfund
“Bittersweet Chocolate & Champagne”

1st Annual Los Angeles Fundraiser
Host Committee
April 15th 6pm Los Angeles
Link to RSVP

Digital LA
Green Goes Digital Panel

Co-Sponsor & CO-Moderator
April 16th 6pm Los Angeles
Link to RSVP

Live Earth
Run For Water

Senior Ambassador
April 18th World Wide
Link to RSVP

Girls In Tech Los Angeles
The Buzz PR & Marketing 3.0

Moderator
April 22nd, 6:30pm Los Angeles
Link to RSVP

Twestival March 25th at The Roxy: Get Your Tickets!

Honored to be the Pacific Coordinator for this year’s Twestival

When: TWESTIVAL MARCH 25th

Twestival LA website

Twestival LA Twitter

Twestival is a charity festival whereby 175 cities from around theworld come together for events on 1 day- March 25th- raising money for one cause. This year we’re raising money for Concern Worldwide,an international humanitarian organization transforming the lives ofthe world’s poorest, most marginalized children through access toeducation.

LA TWESTIVAL at THE ROXY THEATRE 7pm Showtime

@LATWESTIVAL @TheRoxy will feature: Video turntablist/remixer Mike Relm (YouTube Live, WebbyAwards) performing live, Tweet Museum one-of-a-kind celebrity Twitterart, Polite in Public Digital Photo booth, 16 year-old DJ prodigy andmusic blogger Jake Simon, plus: a SURPRISE GUEST PERFORMANCE by a top touring alternative band! The event is Co-hosted by @ShiraLazar, Oprah Radio’s Derrick Ashong (@dashong) and will be broadcast online by Ustream.