The music and entertainment community is coming together to support Maui nearly a month after deadly wildfires injured and killed Hawaiian residents, forcing others to evacuate.
On Thursday morning, charity MusiCares and the Hawai‘i Community Foundation announced the #MauiStrong special live stream event with appearances from LL Cool J, Gretchen Rhodes Ft. Mick Fleetwood and Friends, Ziggy Marley, Lukas Nelson, Nathaniel Rateliff, Fred Armisen, Sarah McLachlan, Ryan Bingham, Stewart Copeland, Kai Lenny and more. The 120-minute live stream will air on Ziggy Marley’s official YouTube Channel on Sept. 8 at 5 p.m. PT (8 p.m ET).
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Produced by Rolling Live Studios and Licorice Pizza Records, in collaboration with Shiny Penny Productions, Riverstreet Productions, and YouTube Music, the event will aim to raise funds to support the Maui Strong Fund, which provides immediate and long-term recovery aid for the people and areas devastated by the Maui wildfires, and MusiCares, a charity supporting the welfare of the music community through preventive, emergency, and recovery programs. Audiences can directly donate on the livestream watch page and additional proceeds from the soundtrack inspired by this event will be delivered to #MauiStrongFund and MusiCares.
Hosted by KCRW’s Elvis Mitchell, along with Jimmy Jam, the live stream will broadcast from both Maui and Sound City Studios in Los Angeles and feature eight segments focused on art, music, and storytelling. This includes a Hawaiian Blessing with Lei‘Ohu Ryder, cultural presentations involving hula and mele, and a “Drums for Maui” presentation led by Stewart Copeland of the Police, backed by local musicians from the island.
“The live stream will cast a spotlight on stories of local heroism and the rich history and challenges of Lahaina and the wider Maui community,” the event’s official press release reads.
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