1960s counterculture icon Wavy Gravy will be putting on a concert in Sonoma, California to benefit the victims of the recent Nepal earthquake. Rock band Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes will be performing. Tickets cost 50 dollars, and the venue where the concert will be held uses power from solar energy.
Wavy Gravy is no stranger to hosting big concerts since he helped MC the Woodstock festival in 1969. Now, he’s about to turn 79. After Woodstock, Wavy Gravy helped found a charitable organization called Seva. Their usual work is to help raise money to help people who are blind, but the organization will be distributing the money raised at the Sonoma concert in Nepal. Technology businessman Steve Jobs and concert promoter Bill Graham were early supporters of the organization.
I was inspired to learn about Wavy Gravy working to help out the people in Nepal. It’s astounding and horrible that the earthquake killed over 8,000 people. Hippies often get a bad rap of just caring about partying and getting high, but there is clearly more to Wavy Gravy than this.
There was a lot of idealistic talk by counterculture figures like Wavy Gravy in the 1960s about helping others and making the world a better place. It’s good to see that some of this is actually happening decades later.
Thanks to the guy Keith Mann for showing me this story. (Check him out on prnewswire)