Dave Grohl, Sammy Hagar, the Grateful Dead‘s Bob Weir, and Daryl Hall are among the performers set to play John Oates‘ “Song Fest 7908.” The show, led by Oates and wife Aimee, is a joint effort by FeedingAmerica.org, Nugs.net and Drive Entertainment Group to benefit FeedingAmerica.
The streaming event will take place on March 20th, free of charge on multiple Internet platforms and will include a donation component for viewers to support www.feedingamerica.org, whose mission is to support food banks across the country.
Other artists on board to perform are Jim James, Keb Mo, Shawn Colvin, Michael Franti, Big Kenny, Malina Moye, and Jim Lauderdale.
John Oates said in a statement announcing “Oates Fest”: “This will be an entertaining and innovative way for the music community to share their songwriting creativity in an effort help feed Americas’ hungry families in need.”
SOURCE: Press release
- “Oates’ Song Fest 7908” was inspired by a 2010 concert produced by John Oates at Aspen, Colorado’s Wheeler Opera House.
- The “7908” is the altitude of Aspen, Colorado and John and Aimee wanted to honor the show’s roots.
- John Oates explained: “Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic when it became clear that live shows would not be possible, Aimee and I pivoted to the idea of creating a virtual version for charity and ‘Oates Song Fest 7908’ was born.”
DID YOU KNOW???
- Back on February 8th, 2015 during John Oates‘ solo gig at Mill Valley, California’s Sweetwater Music Hall, the Grateful Dead‘s Bob Weir hopped on stage for three songs.
- Weir joined Oates at the venue again on September 27th, 2018.
CHECK IT OUT: John Oates & Bob Weir on September 27th, 2018 performing “West L.A. Fadeaway” live in Mill Valley, California: