We at OurStage and Amazing Media are excited to be partnering with McDonald’s of Hawaii for the NextNext search for the Sounds That Spark Change. We are bringing together Hawaiian artists with music fans and local charities in an effort to spread great music and help worthy causes. Here, we’ll highlight some of the artists who have already signed up to participate, so that fans around the world get a chance to hear this great new music. You can learn more about the competition below.
Jeff James (sometimes aka Jeffro) is an artist whose feel-good island-influenced music belies a man with a serious purpose and a commitment to social betterment. it makes him a perfect addition to the NextNext Hawaii roster of artists, all of whom have demonstrated a willingness to help their community and are sponsoring charities now in order to do so.
Inspired by a friend’s personal story, James recently made a short film highlighting the plight of homeless children in the Philippines. The film, entitled “Compassion,” focuses on personal sacrifice in the service of others. You can watch it below.
The other side of the Jeff James coin is, of course, his music. A multi-instrumentalist, James often performs as a one-man band, using loops and effects to accompany himself. On record, he can go from an airy ukulele song to a full-bore pop production, the latter exemplified by his tracks “GoGoGoGo” and his #1 hit on local radio charts, “Hawaiian Girls.” In Japan, he found similar success with another single, “Love Me.” He’s won multiple awards, including 2013’s People’s Choice Asia Best New International Male Performer.
Listen to “GoGoGoGo” below, and check out Jeff James on NextNext. Help artists helping others.
Designed to connect a community of artists and music fans around a positive message of helping important causes, NextNext Hawaii invites those artists to sign up and select a charity to sponsor. Fans, who can get votes by visiting any participating McDonald’s location in Hawaii, can listen to the artists on the free NextNext app, create playlists, and vote for favorites. With each vote, the artist’s selected charity gets a donation. At the end, the top-ranked artists will be awarded cash prizes, including a grand prize of $5,000 and the opportunity to have music released via Amazing Records.
Last night, hundreds of celebrities came together, as they so frequently do, for a benefit event at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The purpose of the 12/12/12 concert was to raise money for the victims and survivors of Hurricane Sandy as well as provide hope and support for those still struggling. Performers included Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Roger Waters, Adam Sandler with Paul Schaffer, Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, Alicia Keys, The Who, Kanye West, Billy Joel, Chris Martin of Coldplay, and probably the most talked-about performance of the night, Paul McCartney with the surviving members of Nirvana for their first reunion in twenty years.
According to Billboard, it was a powerful night of poignant entertainment, as many of the performers were from the New York/New Jersey area and chose songs that specifically related to the event. Springsteen did a Medley of “My City In Ruins,” “Working On A Building,” and Tom Waits’ “Jersey Girl.” His songs all hit home as did Adam Sandler’s comical rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” entitled “Sandy Screw Ya.” Click the links below to watch of some of these highlight acts.
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For the first time in 20 years, the two surviving members of the legendary ’90s grunge band Nirvana will reunite for a special charity performance tonight in New York to benefit the victims of Hurricane Sandy. However, since their iconic frontman Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994, the reunion calls for a replacement. So, who better to join drummer Dave Grohl and bassist Krist Novoselic than the great Sir Paul McCartney?
That’s right. If a Nirvana reunion didn’t sound bizarre enough, then allow Macca to be the icing on the awkward cake. According to The Sun, the 70-year-old pop rock legend was asked by Grohl to “jam with some mates,” who, unbeknownst to the Beatle, turned out to be Nirvana with the addition of unofficial fourth member Pat Smear.
Next thing you know, they’re playing a reunion show for a star-studded audience like it’s no big deal. Can you even imagine Macca’s aged British accent uttering the angst-ridden drugged out gravely vocals on “Smells Like Tean Spirit?” Who would have thought that “Rape Me” would be sung by the same guy who performed “Yellow Submarine.” Well, millions of listeners are about to find out tonight. It will certainly be a spectacle, that’s for sure. Let’s just hope this is a one time tribute.
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Michael “Flea” Balzary, the usually/mostly naked, hair-dyed, wildboy bassist for Red Hot Chili Peppers, has released his first ever solo album, entitled Helen Burns. However, in contrast with his rambunctious stage presence and famously upbeat alternative funk rock band, the new album “is a mostly instrumental, weird and arty record,” says Flea. “[T]he music is mostly just me creating soundscapes that are very emotional for me, but certainly not for everyone! Just me tripping out at home.” It’s available here as a name-your-price download or 180-gram vinyl, and all proceeds go toward The Silverlake Conservatory of Music, described by the musician as “a community based non profit music school that I am an integral part of.” Whether or not you’re a fan of RHCP, this is highly recommended listening – you might be pleasantly surprised.
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We never thought we’d be in favor of the concept of rock bands giving lectures, but then there’s this.
Grammy award-winning band Arcade Fire will be at the University of Texas at Austin on March 19 to discuss the socioeconomic crisis in Haiti, along with their own efforts within the region. The cause has always been close to the group’s collective heart, particularly for singer Regine Chassagne, who was born in the area. She, along with band members Win Butler, Will Butler, and Marika Anthony-Shaw, will discuss Haiti’s need for healthcare reform and First World aid. The lecture is intended to bring attention to the non-profit organization Partners in Health, through which the band has helped raise over $1 million dollars in ticket sales and licensing.