Pearl Jam, R.E.M. Lead Massive Hunger Benefit
Pearl Jam, R.E.M., and Alanis Morissette will perform at a star-studded hunger benefit concert for the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Oct. 22 at Seattle's Key Arena. The showPearl Jam, R.E.M., and Alanis Morissette will perform at a star-studded hunger benefit concert for the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Oct. 22 at Seattle's Key Arena. The show will be the centerpiece of the FAO's Groundwork 2001 celebration, which will feature a week's worth of concerts sponsored by the city's Experience Music Project. The event will kick of Oct. 14 with a show featuring Emmylou Harris, Daniel Lanois, and a solo set by Dave Matthews.
Other acts confirmed to perform throughout the inaugural Groundwork event include the Wallflowers, Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros, Afro-Celt Sound System, Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson, Michael Franti & Spearhead, and Femi Kuti.
Events from Groundwork 2001 will be aired on a global satellite television broadcast and through a "virtual stadium" on the organization's official Web site.
In addition to the concerts, the event will spawn a compilation album titled "Groundwork," featuring previously unreleased tracks from Madonna, Moby, Sheryl Crow, Tom Waits, David Gray, and more. The album will be available in October through all Hear Music and Starbucks outlets in North America, with proceeds benefiting the FAO's TeleFood public awareness projects.
The FAO was founded in 1945 with the mandate to raise levels of nutrition and standards of living, to improve agricultural productivity, and to better the condition of rural populations. Groundwork seeks to raise awareness and funds for the sustainable use of our planet's resources to reduce hunger and poverty.
"The first casualty of hunger is hope," says Madonna, who is serving as the Honorary Chair of the Groundwork 2001 Advisory Committee, in a statement. "And the most subversive act you can perform is on behalf of someone's sense of hope. It's shameful how little it really takes to help, and how easily we are all discouraged from doing so. Groundwork has opened a door for a lot of us to do something meaningful and it's criminal not to walk through it."
Groundwork 2001 is a precursor to the FAO's World Food Summit - Five Years Later, to be held Nov. 5-9 in Rome.
Here is the confirmed concert lineup for Groundwork 2001:
Oct. 14, Paramount Theatre:
Blind Boys of Alabama
Dave Matthews (solo)
Oct. 17, Experience Music Project Sky Church
Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros
Oct. 18, Experience Music Project Sky Church
DJ Cheb I Sabbah
Afro-Celt Sound System
Oct. 19, Experience Music Project Sky Church
Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson
Oct. 20, Experience Music Project Sky Church
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Oct. 22, Key Arena
Femi Kuti & the Positive Force