Comedian Cook to Host Rock4Change Benefit Concert
Dane Cook will host the Rock4Change Benefit Concert on Thursday, September 4th, 2008 at the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk.
Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman & Grammy winning founding member of Rage Against The Machine & Audioslave has just been added to the lineup. The goal of the Rock4Change Benefit Concert on Thursday, September 4t at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, is to fund the Reforestation Project in Darfur via the work of “Aid Still Required” and to also fund the Clean Springs Campaign in Uganda through the work of “Hands Across Nations”. These projects provide life saving and life changing solutions for the people of Darfur & Uganda.
Actor & Comedian Dane Cook is set to host the Rock4Change Benefit Concert powered by Gibson Guitar on Thursday, September 4, 2008 at the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk. Named a "comedian phenom and icon" by Entertainment Weekly, Dane Cook has maintained his reputation as one of today's most prolific stand-up comedians while simultaneously distinguishing himself as a charismatic and versatile actor in a variety of film and television projects. Dane can next be seen in the Lionsgate film “My Best Friend’s Girl” starring with Kate Hudson and Alec Baldwin opening on September 19th.
Also joining the Rock4Change lineup is Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman. Tom is the Grammy winning founding member and guitar icon of the rock bands Rage Against The Machine & Audioslave, both of which have won numerous Grammy Awards and are responsible for a combined 30 million albums worldwide. Widely known for his unique voice as a master electric guitarist, his compositions as Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman, have been primarily based around the acoustic guitar. Fans worldwide will be able to enjoy Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman when the album is available on September 30, 2008.
Rock icons & Grammy award winners Flea & John Frusciante will take the stage for a once in a lifetime improvisation featuring Josh Klinghoffer & Stella Mozgawa at the Rock4Change Benefit Concert. The concert will also feature performances by R&B icon Charlie Wilson (of the multi-platinum The Gap Band & BMI Icon Award recipient), multi-platinum Grammy nominated singer/songwriter/producer Jon B., Grammy award winning Hip Hop artist Rhymefest, Grammy nominee Angie Stone, and Alex Band of the multi-platinum band The Calling. Also performing are R&B & jazz singer Lalah Hathaway (daughter of soul singer Donny Hathaway), rockstar & producer Mitch Allan of SR-71 fame, and new recording artists The Library and Aside Worldwide recording artists Now On featuring Buff1. EMMY nominated choreographer Shane Sparks (of MTV’s hit show “America’s Best Dance Crew” & FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance”) will be choreographing a special presentation of African Dance. 100% of the net proceeds from ticket sales will support the sustainable relief efforts in Darfur & Uganda. Our goal is to fund the Reforestation Project in Darfur via the work of “Aid Still Required” and to also fund the Clean Springs Campaign in Uganda through the work of “Hands Across Nations”. These projects provide life saving and life changing solutions for the people of Darfur & Uganda.
The Rock4Change benefit concert will also feature special appearances by stars, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Isaiah Washington, Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan, Layla Kayleigh, Danielle Savre, Rupak Ginn, Max Lugavere & Jason Silva of Current TV, Randy Couture, Tichina Arnold, Reid Scott and more! The all-star lineup for the show continues to grow and new announcements will be made every few days. Tickets are on sale at TicketMaster.com. 50% of your ticket is tax deductible!
Rock4Change, created by In 2 It Media partners Amy Balsam & Michael Wasserman, along with humanitarian Nadia Stylianou, empowers & inspires a new generation of activism through the entertainment industry, and in doing so will raise funds and awareness for important social issues that need our attention. The first Rock4Change concert is a partnership with Novo Worldwide, a group of philanthropic individuals committed to making a difference.
Every few days leading up to the Rock4Change concert, a new PSA will be released featuring some of the biggest names in music, dance, film, television and sports including: Ludacris, James Franco, Paul Oakenfold, Shane Sparks, James Denton, Greg Grunberg, Charlie Wilson, Nicholas Gonzalez, Randy Couture, Lalah Hathaway, Reid Scott, Rupak Ginn, Jesse Spencer, Rebecca Budig, Bob Guiney, Aaron Yoo, Max Lugavere & Jason Silva of Current TV, Brad Raider, The Library, Now On, Buff1 and more!
Please visit the Rock4Change website at www.rock4change,org, an interactive & engaging social justice community where users can find out more about the Rock4Change benefit concert & can join the Rock4Change movement. You can also view our Rock4Change star studded PSAs at www.myspace.com/rock4change. JJ Sansone of The Nest Co-op and Cooper Croft of Croft Studios were instrumental in developing the Rock4Change brand and website with our team.
Rock4Change empowers & inspires a new generation of activism through the entertainment industry, and in doing so will raise funds and awareness for important social issues that need our attention. Each one of us has the opportunity and the responsibility to use our voice to make a difference. Partnering with the biggest names in music, film, television, and sports, we shine a spotlight on worthwhile causes to motivate people across the globe to do their part to affect change. We invite you to be a part of the worldwide movement. Together we will rock to change the world.
www.rock4change.org & www.myspace.com/rock4change
About Aid Still Required:
Aid Still Required (ASR) is a non-profit, humanitarian movement focused on rebuilding communities through sustainable solutions in the aftermath of natural disasters and human crises. ASR was founded in January 2005 by Hunter and Andrea Herz Payne. The primary objectives of ASR are to bring awareness to global issues, which have left the headlines, and to help communities rebuild themselves through environmentally friendly processes. Currently Aid Still Required is focused on helping to stop the genocide in Darfur and is supporting the Reforestation and Solar Cooker Projects as sustainable solutions to affect change.
About Hands Across Nations:
Hands Across Nations didn’t start with a big vision or even a great idea… it was born in the midst of devastation and started out of a necessity to care for the needs of the thousands of unheard voices ravaged by war. In 2001, what started as a missionary trip became a life-altering journey for Carolyn Kurowski, a founding member of the charity. After witnessing the suffering in Uganda, the individuals with no access to doctors, no clean water, and no protection from rebels, her faith
and hope could not be quelled. After that first trip, Carolyn returned to the U.S. and enrolled the hearts of countless others to aid these devastated areas.
In 2003, she was determined to not only meet needs of those in the region, but to also provide hope and let them know they are not alone. She stayed for two and a half months and brought mobile health clinics, education, and food supplies. Four days after leaving, the village was attacked by rebels, killing 53 people, many of whom she helped and had grown to love. The survivors made their way to displacement camps outside of UNICEF’s reach, and within weeks another attack almost wiped out the entire village – more than 500 men, women and children were killed. Hearing this news, Carolyn realized that a larger relief effort was needed…Hands Across Nations would be the company to rise and meet these needs.