They say music can be therapeutic, but whether they’re donating proceeds to a charitable cause or using the lyrics to heal themselves, the artists included in this list are going above and beyond simply providing tunes to soothe your state of mind.
Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds: omgdavematthewsiloveyou On May 20, 2010, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds will perform a benefit concert, A Benefit for the Jane Goodall Institute, as part of a year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the work of Dr. Jane Goodall. Goodall founded the Jane Goodall Institute in 1977 and, contrary to what you might think (and what all the donation requests I receive in the mail lead me to believe), the Jane Goodall Institute does much more than just look out for the welfare of apes. The Institute, which also researches topics such as behavioral psychology and sociology, “is a global nonprofit that empowers people to make a difference for all living things.”
The show will take place at the D.A.R. Constitution Hall in Washington D.C., and if you think someone on your shopping list would like to go, you can find ticket information on both the Dave Matthews Band website and at Ticketmaster.
The John Mayer Trio: In order to help raise money for two veteran-related charities (Military Outreach Ministry Camp Pendleton and NCIRE – the Veterans Health Research Institute), the John Mayer Trio is performing two benefit concerts near the end of December. The John Mayer Trio Annual Holiday Revue at Copley Symphony Hall in San Diego on December 29 is unfortunately sold out, but tickets for the John Mayer Trio New Year’s Eve Show at The Joint in Las Vegas on December 31 are still on sale.
Learn more about ticket information on John Mayer’s website.