On Saturday March 4, 2017, Seva Foundation will honor co-founder Ram Dass with a benefit concert featuring: Jackson Browne with Greg Leisz, Joan Baez and Krishna Das, with host Wavy Gravy.
The concert will take place at Maui Arts and Cultural Center’s Castle Theater.
Proceeds from the event will support Seva Foundation’s sight restoration programs around the world.
Ram Dass has had a profound impact on millions of people in the U.S. and around the world, both as a spiritual leader and as a founding member of the Seva Foundation. He was first known to the counterculture as a psychedelic pioneer with Dr. Timothy Leary. In 1967 he traveled to India, where he was given his name, which means “servant of God.” Since then, his life has embodied a spirit of service: bringing Eastern philosophy to Western audiences thorugh his books and his teaching; and through his work with the Seva Foundation and other service organizations. Ram Dass, now 86, lives on Maui and continues to share his teachings and his philosophy to “Be Here Now.” The artists at this concert are singing out for sight to honor Ram Dass and his profoundly-influential work.
The Seva Foundation was founded in 1978 by a group of medical professionals, counterculture activists, musicians and compassionate individuals, all dedicated helping others through the prevention of blindness. Most notably among them are public health expert Dr. Larry Brilliant, spiritual leader Ram Dass, and humanitarian activist Wavy Gravy. In the past 38 years, Seva has restored eyesight for 4 million people with programs reaching many of the poorest places in the world including: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Pakistan, Nepal, Tibet, India, Africa and Native American communities in the U.S. Today, Seva’s sight restoration programs serve one million people annually. The Seva Foundation is based in Berkeley, CA.
Jackson Browne has written and performed some of the most literate and moving songs in popular music and has defined a genre of songwriting charged with honesty, emotion and personal politics. His deeply reflective lyrics and natural sense of melody have made him one of the most iconic singer/songwriters of the past five decades. Jackson’s social activism has been at the forefront of his music, he works tirelessly on behalf of the environment, human rights, social justice and the arts.
Accompanying Jackson is Gregory Leisz, singer-songwriter, recording artist, and producer. He plays guitar, dobro, mandolin, lap steel and pedal steel guitar
Joan Baez, a musical force of nature – who unselfconsciously introduced Bob Dylan to the world in 1963, marched on the front lines of the Civil Rights movement with Martin Luther King, Jr., inspired Vaclav Havel to fight for a Czech Republic, and sang on the first Amnesty International tour. She brought the Free Speech Movement into the spotlight at Berkeley, took to the fields with Cesar Chavez and helped organized resistance to the war in Southeast Asia. Joan’s legacy of social activism spans six decades and her contribution to American culture is unprecedented.
Layering traditional Kirtan with instantly accessible melodies and modern instrumentation, Krishna Das has been called yoga’s “rock star.” With a remarkably soulful voice that touches the deepest chord in even the most casual listener, Krishna Das has taken the call-and-response chanting out of yoga centers and into concert halls, becoming a worldwide icon and the best-selling western chant artist of all time.
Wavy Gravy, originally known as Hugh Romney, became famous in the counter culture movement when he stood on the stage at Woodstock and announced….” What we have in mind is breakfast in bed for 400,000!” Over the past four decades, Wavy has done many things to help make the world a better place. His primary focus has been Camp Winnarainbow, a circus and performing arts camp for children that he co-directs with his wife Jahanara, and raising FUN’ds for Seva Foundation for which he is a founding board member. Wavy is also know as a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor. Through his good work on behalf of the planet and its least fortunate residents, Wavy Gravy has achieved his own brand of sainthood “Saint Misbehavin”, which is the title of the feature length documentary about his life, produced in 2009.
All proceeds from the event will support Seva Foudations’s sight programs around the world.
For tickets and more information please visit www.seva.org