John Oates revives music festival to help fight pandemic-related hunger crisis
“The loss of jobs from this pandemic has had a far-reaching impact on our economy, resulting in millions of American families who can no longer put a meal on the table,” John Oates informed CNN. “Aimee and I firmly believe that in our country like ours, no one should go without food.”
The initial Tune Fest 7908, which happened in Aspen, Colorado, included famous songwriters carrying out along with the next terrific generation of skill.
The Oates’, who were currently making contributions to Feeding America themselves, stated they were motivated to restore the celebration and turn it into a charitable occasion after finding out about prevalent food insecurity throughout the nation.
Katie Fitzgerald, Feeding America’s Chief Operating Officer, stated the typical boost in requirement has actually been unrelenting given that early in the pandemic.
“Feeding America’s network of food banks have consistently since the beginning of the pandemic been reporting an average 60 percent increase in the number of people seeking charitable food assistance,” Fitzgerald informed CNN.
Such disconcerting stats motivated the Oates’ to rally other artists and performers to assist raise funds to deal with food insecurity.
“It’s (food insecurity) in our communities,” Aimee Oates informed CNN. “It’s right next door — it’s everywhere.”
“This is a national emergency situation, and the deeper we got into it, the more we were blown away and astounded, and angered in a sense, by the amount of food insecurity that’s going on in this country,” John Oates stated. “We began to reach out to some of the artists who were involved with the first songwriters festival ten years ago.”
The duo got an amazing reaction.
“We realized what we were doing was providing an avenue and a platform for a lot of musicians and creative people to do something on a bigger scale to help a lot of people in this country,” John Oates stated. “When you can affect the place where you live, it’s all incremental, but it all adds up to a total of awareness and action across the board.”
Occasion includes a star-studded line-up
The occasion will be produced by Drive Home entertainment and function efficiencies from throughout all categories, consisting of Oates’ bandmate Daryl Hall.
Other stars on the line-up consist of: Michael McDonald, Sheila E., The Grateful Dead’s Bob Dam, Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, Van Halen’s Sammy Hagar, Darius Rucker, Malina Moye, Sara Bareilles and Gem.
There will likewise be a handful of visitor looks, consisting of: starlet Tichina Arnold, R&B artist Monica, starlet Angie Harmon, The Teacher (Basketball Genius), starlet Hayley Orrantia and singer-songwriter Margo Rey.
“It is something special,” John Oates stated. “And I think a lot of the artists went above and beyond to create some beautiful performance pieces.”
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.