Jackson Browne's deeply reflective lyrics and natural sense of melody have made him one of the most iconic singer/songwriters of the past five decades. He has defined a genre of songwriting charged with honesty, emotion and personal politics. Jackson's social activism has been at the forefront of his music, working tirelessly on behalf of the environment, human rights, social justice and the arts.
Accompanying Jackson is Gregory Leisz, singer-songwriter, recording artist, and producer. He plays guitar, dobro, mandolin, lap steel and pedal steel guitar
Joan Baez, a musical force of nature - who unselfconsciously introduced Bob Dylan to the world in 1963, marched on the front lines of the Civil Rights movement with Martin Luther King, Jr., inspired Vaclav Havel to fight for a Czech Republic, and sang on the first Amnesty International tour. She brought the Free Speech Movement into the spotlight at Berkeley, took to the fields with Cesar Chavez and helped organized resistance to the war in Southeast Asia. Joan's legacy of social activism spans six decades and her contribution to American culture is unprecedented.
Layering traditional Kirtan with instantly accessible melodies and
modern instrumentation, Krishna Das has been called yoga's "rock star." With a remarkably soulful voice that touches the deepest chord in even the most casual listener, Krishna Das has taken the call-and-response chanting out of yoga centers and into concert halls, becoming a worldwide icon and the best-selling western chant artist of all
Wavy Gravy, originally known as Hugh Romney, became famous in the counter culture movement when he stood on the stage at Woodstock and announced...." What we have in mind is breakfast in bed for 400,000!" Over the past four decades, Wavy has done many things to help make the world a better place. His primary focus has been Camp Winnarainbow, a circus and performing arts camp for children that he co-directs with his wife Jahanara, and raising FUN'ds for Seva Foundation for which he is a founding board member. Wavy is also know as a Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavor. Through his good work on behalf of the planet and its least fortunate residents, Wavy Gravy has achieved his own brand of sainthood "Saint Misbehavin", which is the title of the feature length documentary about his life, produced in 2009.
Ram Dass was first known to the counter culture as a psychedelic pioneer with Dr. Timothy Leary. In 1967 he traveled to India where he met his guru, Neem Karoli Baba, affectionately known as Maharajji, who gave him his name, which means "servant of God." Everything changed then his intense dharmic life started, and he became a pivotal influence on a culture that has reverberated with the words "Be Here Now" ever since. Ram Dass' spirit has been a guiding light for three generations, carrying along millions on the journey, helping to free them from their bonds as he works through his own.
Seva Foundation is a Berkeley based organization founded in 1978 by a group of medical professionals, counterculture activists, musicians and compassionate individuals, all dedicated to helping others through the prevention of blindness. Most notably among them are public health expert Dr. Larry Brilliant, spiritual leader Ram Dass, and humanitarian activist Wavy Gravy. In the past 38 years, Seva has restored eyesight for 4 million people with programs reaching many of the poorest places in the world including: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Pakistan, Nepal, Tibet, India, Africa and Native American communities in the U.S. Today, Seva's sight restoration programs serve one million people annually.