Global Citizen is an online and mobile loyalty platform that we helped create and produce with the Global Poverty Project. It is designed to engage users in the fight against extreme poverty. When users learn, share content, donate time energy or money on Global Citizen they receive points towards incentives such as concert tickets and other experiences. For more info visit the site or these social media pages:
2012 was the inaugural year of the Global Citizen Festival which Riot House Co-Founded and Executive Produced. We came up with the idea for this action rewarded music and art festival in 2010 and have been working with Hugh Evans, the Global Poverty Project team and Goldenvoice to develop it over the last two years.
Here is a recap from the 2012 festival.
A free music festival that inspires a generation to take action against global poverty. Take action, earn tickets at http://www.globalfestival.com to see Neil Young with Crazy Horse, Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, Band of Horses & K’Naan.
Last September, as the world’s leaders gather in New York for the UN General Assembly, the Global Citizen Festival brought top artists and 60,000 change makers together on the Great Lawn of Central Park on September 29 to urge our leaders and fellow citizens to do more to help end extreme poverty. This free ticketed advocacy concert will celebrated the progress made in fighting extreme poverty, secure financial commitments for tackling extreme poverty and disease, and mobilize thousands of ambassadors for change.
World Food Program USA
Pencils of Promise
Global Partnership for Education
Half the Sky
Malaria No More
US Fund for UNICEF
The Voice Project
Save the Children
Video we worked on for the making of the Message Bag, a creative collaboration with Alternative Apparel, actress Olivia Wilde and partner-in-good Barbara Burchfield. Proceeds from this project benefit the Academy for Peace and Justice in Haiti.
Drove up a super windy road in the hills of LA, pine trees everywhere in the neighborhood…
whenever you’re in the mountains of LA you always forget for a minute that you are actually in LA.
The room where we shot this episode was very cool, huge rows upon rows of records and liner notes,
instruments everywhere, guitars mixed with vintage furniture made it seem like quite a fun place to hang and hear some music.
The pup was running around most of the time but never seemed to be too far from Robert at any point and settled in for the song…
feel like they know when something soulful and good is coming, pick up on the cues.
I really loved the pacing of the song and the simple use of the kick and hi-hat, a nod to the way Leslie performs it.
Robert’s voice really brought you into the vibe as a quiet, understated but knowing conversation with one loved, and a call and response with his guitar filling in the spaces between the words in a way that seemed to echo their message.
Amazing song choices are something we never end being wonderfully astounded by with artists in the project.
Maybe it’s because we’re always listening with new ears in this context,
and of course everyone’s take away their own connections and thoughts but mine were hearing about the power of being with another,
in person or in spirit, a ‘we’ instead of a ‘me’ and the transformational beauty that can bring even in the deepest darkest of holes, and reminded me beautifully of something we’ve said enough times in this project that it’s almost become a mantra, that we’re all in this together.
“3 bands, 6 cities, 1 train, and thousands of miles of track…BIG EASY EXPRESS captures an incredible musical journey. Harkening back to the days of jubilant railroad revivals, of steam and steel, three bands set out in April 2011 to tour America by vintage train. L.A.’s Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Nashville boys Old Crow Medicine Show, and Londoners Mumford & Sons climbed aboard amid the massive rail yards of Oakland and set out for New Orleans on a “tour of dreams.” Stopping along the way to play sold-out shows in spots as diverse as San Pedro, California, and Marfa, Texas, BIG EASY EXPRESS documents the bands’ vibrant railway adventures; the high canyons, joyous crowds, blasted skies, late-night laughter, endless music…and a train that was bound for glory.”
Big Easy Express Facebook: on.fb.me/xKS5bL