Oxfam America Announces 2015 Summer Music Series

By Oxfam

Series to include festival stops, band partnerships, and tour dates

Oxfam America announces an exciting summer music line-up of festival stops and tour dates with bands like The Dirty Heads, Sylvan Esso, The New Pornographers, Neko Case, Flogging Molly, and others.

Building upon a long history of collaboration with musicians and the music industry, Oxfam America is pleased to announce another summer music series of festivals, concerts, and band partnerships where musicians, music fans, and activists can come together to help right the wrongs of poverty, hunger, and injustice across the world.  

“Oxfam is excited to team-up with our friends in music again this summer to create positive social change.  Our work is based in partnership, and when artists, festivals, and music fans all put their voices together, the big sound that results can really make a difference. We truly believe that music can change the world”, says Bob Ferguson, Oxfam America’s Music Outreach Project Manager.

Oxfam will be present at various festivals this summer including Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Newport Folk Festival, Summer Camp, Gathering of the Vibes, Lockn Festival, Latin Alternative Music Conference, and others. Fans and festival goers can visit the Oxfam table to learn more about the organization, take action, or participate in activities.

In a special partnership with Bonnaroo in Oxfam’s 8th year at the festival, Oxfam is co-hosting along with ally Eat for Equity, a series of community dinners called BonnaROOTS. These 4-course, locally-sourced dinners are attended by supporters, chefs, musicians, and fans representing the dynamic intersection between music, food, and activism. “Bonnaroo has a long standing commitment to the community and sustainability. The BonnaROOTS dinners with Oxfam and Eat for Equity are a great chance for the patrons to break bread and have extended conversations around these important issues, which is hard in the fast pace of the festival," said Laura Sohn, Director of Bonnaroo Sustainability.  

Various musicians will also be taking Oxfam “on tour” with them this summer. In multiple cities and venues across the country, fans can expect to see Oxfam present at their favorite shows, where fans can learn more about Oxfam, sign a petition, or possibly even meet the band. Bands include Flogging Molly, Lucius, Dirty Heads, Sylvan Esso, New Pornographers, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Neko Case, Gogol Bordello, Angelique Kidjo, Morgan Heritage, Grateful Dead’s Fare Thee Well shows, and more.

Already this summer, The Dirty Heads have partnered with Oxfam America to auction off VIP packages for 43 tour dates with all proceeds going to Oxfam. The VIP packages include opportunities to meet the band, private sound check access, and exclusive merchandise. Of the partnership, The Dirty Heads said, “Sound of Change was inspired by and inspiring to people like the ones at Oxfam. We are proud to join them in making positive change by finding solutions to poverty and hunger worldwide."

Oxfam America is global organization that works in more than 90 countries to address the root causes of poverty, hunger, and injustice. In addition to responding when disaster strikes, Oxfam invests in programs to help people assert their rights, and campaigns to change the laws and practices that keep people trapped in poverty. To this end, Oxfam America has engaged the music industry for 13 years. Over the years, partnerships with musicians, labels, and managers have helped grow Oxfam’s base of supporters and make real and positive change on a global scale.

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