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Conscious Alliance and Elephant Revival Host Benefit for Pine Ridge Reservation

The Boulder based nonprofit organization Conscious Alliance and the musical group Elephant Revival are teaming up to present the Buffalo Heart Concert on April 30 at The Boulder Theater. Elephant Revival, the neo-acoustic transcendental folk quintet from Nederland, will be joined by John Oates, The Plenty Wolf Singers, The Dovekins, as well as very special guest Nat Keefe of Hot Buttered Rum.

Conscious Alliance is a national nonprofit that was founded in 2002 and is focused on delivering emergency food relief to the most impoverished communities in the United States. Most of their collected donations are distributed to Native American Reservations, where six of the seven poorest communities in the U.S. are located.

Elephant Revival carries a fresh sense of creativity and inspiration that is felt by people of every generation. Musically and collaboratively the quintet is inspired to spread a message of sustainability while nurturing an awareness of positive change through the pure light intention of their music.

This event will mark the second time Elephant Revival and Conscious Alliance have teamed up for a night of music that will benefit the nonprofit’s efforts on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, one of the most economically isolated regions of the country. Last year’s benefit was extremely successful and raised money to heat homes throughout the winter for impoverished community members of the reservation.

For the 2011 benefit, Elephant Revival and Conscious Alliance will once again allocate the funds raised at the Buffalo Heart Concert to the Pine Ridge Reservation. The funds will be directed toward the ongoing mission of keeping the Conscious Alliance emergency food storage facility stocked on Pine Ridge, as well as funding Lakota Youth Programs in the summer that will focus on the preservation of Lakota tradition.

To find out more information visit www.ConsciousAlliance.org

HAAM Benefit Day 2010 The Best Ever

The 5th Annual HAAM Benefit Day, held on Tuesday, September 21, brought in the largest amount of funds ever raised for Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, its member-musicians and the healthcare service programs they participate in: $195,000, the organization reported today.

It was a record-breaking day all around, with the largest number of Austin area businesses making a donation or pledging a portion of the day’s proceeds — more than 200 — and the most musical performances (more than 140) heard on any HAAM Benefit Day.

“We at HAAM are incredibly pleased with the response to the fifth HAAM Benefit Day,” said Keith Carmichael, HAAM Benefit Day 2010 Committee chairman. “The number of businesses and the number of entertainers participating — not to mention the amount of funds raised, the largest ever — shows us how much this city and the people in it appreciate live music and what this organization is doing to make sure it flourishes.”

In addition to acknowledging Whole Foods Market for its generosity in serving for five consecutive years as HAAM Benefit Day presenting sponsor, Health Alliance for Austin Musicians is grateful for the tens of thousands of dollars donated not only by Whole Foods Market but also by C3 Presents and South by Southwest® over the years of HAAM Benefit Day.
It also recognizes Texas Heritage Songwriters Association for its donation that matched the contribution of the Austin community on September 21 as residents ate out, shopped and donated on behalf of their favorite music-makers.
Health Alliance for Austin Musicians also announced today the date for the 6th Annual HAAM Benefit Day: Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, when business, the music community and residents will again unite to keep music alive and well in Austin.
Health Alliance for Austin Musicians provides access to affordable healthcare services to Austin’s low-income, uninsured working musicians with a focus on prevention and wellness. Since HAAM’s 2005 start, more than 2,200 of the city’s battalion of hard-working musicians have joined and gained access to regular, cost-effective healthcare services. Medical, dental, mental, hearing and vision health services are provided by Seton Family of Hospitals, St. David’s Foundation, The SIMS Foundation, Estes Audiology and Prevent Blindness Texas. HAAM’s annual Corporate Battle of the Bands and HAAM Benefit Day have become signature events behind a great cause: maintaining the health of the musicians who help make Austin such an enviable place to live and work. For more information, to join or to make a donation, visit www.myHAAM.org.

Conscious Alliance Announces Holiday Meal Drive & Toy Collection

As the holidays approach and the spirit of giving swells, Boulder, Colorado-based national nonprofit Conscious Alliance announces the 7th Annual Holiday Meal Drive this Thanksgiving Season, taking place November 18-24, 2010. Conscious Alliance has been hosting food drives at concerts and sporting events since 2002, collecting and distributing nearly 1,000,000 pounds of food to impoverished Native American Reservations.

Last year, Conscious Alliance’s Holiday Meal Drive collected enough food to distribute over 1,500 holiday meal boxes to Native American households at Lame Deer Reservation in Montana, Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, and Houma Reservation in Louisiana. This holiday season, Conscious Alliance hopes to feed more than 10,000 families through donations and it’s easy to help. A donation of $15 or more will provide dinner for a family this holiday season and only $30 or more will feed an individual for an entire week. For more information or to make a donation, visit here.

Conscious Alliance concentrates much of their efforts on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, where the average median income is under $3,000. Many families in this region struggle to provide food and heat for their households. Native American youth are particularly affected by the poverty in Pine Ridge, where one-fourth of the population is under the age of eighteen. Not forgetting the children in these impoverished families, Conscious Alliance will host a toy drive too – this year at the November 7, 2010 Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! performance at Broomfield, Colorado’s 1STBANK Center.

All toys collected at Kia Motors Presents Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!: There’s A Party In My City! will benefit the youth of this area and be distributed during the holiday season. It is recommended all donations at Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! are a new stuffed animal valued at $10 or more.

To find out more information or to make a donation, visit here.

Bonnaroo & Conscious Alliance Announce the 6th Annual Bonnaroo Food Drive

Bonnaroo Music Festival and non-profit organization Conscious Alliance announce the 6th Annual Bonnaroo Food Drive benefitting the Good Samaritan Food Pantry of Manchester, Tennessee.

Last year's Food Drive brought in 7,000 pounds of food donations for Tennessee's Coffee County.  This year's goal is to collect 10,000 pounds or more.

With America's food banks experiencing an all-time inventory low, there has never been a better time to participate in the Bonnaroo Food Drive.  Bonnaroo and Conscious Alliance are calling on all festival attendees to donate to this important cause. As an incentive, the first 2,000 patrons who donate 10 non-perishable food items will receive a free limited-edition Bonnaroo poster created by renowned rock artist, Michael Everett (www.Meverett.net).

Food Drive collection tents will be located outside of the main entrances to the concert area and will be depicted on the Bonnaroo guide map, given to all attendees upon arriving at the festival grounds. At these locations, Food Drive volunteers will trade the first 2000 participants "poster redemption vouchers" for food donations.  The vouchers can be exchanged for this year's poster at the Conscious Alliance "Art That Feeds" galleries located inside the Planet Roo vending area and just outside of the Archway entrance into the main stage area.

Conscious Alliance always encourages food donations to be low-sodium and health food oriented products. "Organic" food donations are especially encouraged. Ramen Noodles cannot be accepted for the free poster.

For more information about the charitable efforts of Conscious Alliance, please visit www.ConsciousAlliance.org.

For more information about the Bonnaroo Music Festival, please visit www.bonnaroo.com.

Conscious Alliance Announces Holiday Meal Drive & Rebel Alliance Jam XIV

Keith @ the Fox - photo by Sam Holloway- for the Grateful Web

Not-for-profit Conscious Alliance - feeding America's hungry through music - ramps up this year's holiday giving with the announcement of their 5th annual "Holiday Meal Drive."  With the support of musicians and their fans, and this year in partnership with Whole Foods Market, the organization will deliver full holiday meals to impoverished Native American Reservations for the fifth year in a row.  The organization also hosts the Rebel Alliance Jam XIV - a holiday benefit show at Boulder, Colorado's Fox Theatre on November 29th featuring Keith Moseley, Scott Law, Jeff Sipe, Gibb Droll, and special guest Kyle Hollingsworth.

Conscious Alliance launches their holiday campaign on the heels of October's hugely successful "Back to School Snack Tour." The project brought much needed healthy snacks and school supplies to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.  Hot Buttered Rum joined the organization for the trip, and offered very special musical performances at local schools on the reservation.

Conscious Alliance's 5th annual "Holiday Meal Drive," in partnership with Whole Foods Market, hopes to deliver 2,500 full holiday meals to four impoverished Native American Reservations: Pine Ridge, SD; Lame Deer, MT; Houma, LA; and Tohajiilee, NM. This requires that the drive collect $25,000 in donations; last year the organization collected $16,000. As in previous years, the organization is reaching out to their alliance of music industry artists and their fans for support.  Participating artists include The String Cheese Incident, STS9, Umphrey's McGee, the Disco Biscuits, Yonder Mountain String Band, and many others. Individuals who want to donate to the 5 th annual "Holiday Meal Drive" are encouraged to visit: consciousalliance.org/donate.htm to pledge.

In other Conscious Alliance holiday traditions, this year's holiday benefit show will take place on November 29th at the Fox Theatre in Boulder, Colorado.  The Rebel Alliance Jam XIV features Keith Moseley, Scott Law, Jeff Sipe, Gibb Droll, and special guest Kyle Hollingsworth. Tickets are $18, Doors are at 8:30 PM / Show at 9:00 PM, Ages 21+.

Conscious Alliance's fall project, the "Back to School Snack Tour," recently delivered much needed healthy snacks and school supplies to Wolf Creek Reservation School on South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.  600 students in grades kindergarten through eighth received over 750 healthy snack bags and school supplies, including notebooks, pens, folders, backpacks, colored markers and paper. 

Not-so-traditional string band Hot Buttered Rum joined Conscious Alliance for the journey after performing a two-night fundraising concert series in Boulder, Colorado.  The band helped load and deliver the 24 foot box truck full of donated goods, and performed three special interactive shows for the students, as well as a free show for the larger Pine Ridge community.  The Pine Ridge community welcomed Hot Buttered Rum as family.  While the community knows well the generous support of bands and their fans, this was the first time any band had come with Conscious Alliance to the reservation.  While there, members of Hot Buttered Rum did an interview with KILI Radio, the voice of Lakota Nation, and were invited to partake in a traditional Lakota Sioux sweat lodge ceremony.  "It was very uplifting to be part of the Conscious Alliance experience on the reservation," says Nat Keefe of Hot Buttered Rum. "And it opened our eyes to a new way for the Hot Buttered Rum organization to be involved in service and activism." 

For 2009, Conscious Alliance continues to find ways for artists and their fans to participate in the organization's service projects, including offering students opportunities to start a Conscious Alliance Student Group at their college.

Conscious Alliance Plans for a Busy Spring Season

STS9 in support of Conscious Alliance- for the Grateful Web

This fall, Colorado based not-for-profit Conscious Alliance continued its mission to help feed America's hungry communities, hosting food drives at various music events this winter/spring.  Look for Conscious Alliance at the Langerado Music Festival at the Big Cypress Indian Reservation in Florida on March 6th-9th, along STS9 and EOTO Winter Tours, and at select one-off concert events including Keller Williams and The WMD'S on February 2nd at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, Colorado and New Monsoon (featuring Tim Carbone from Railroad Earth and EOTO with special guest Michael Kang) on February 9th at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA.  As always, patrons can donate 10 non-perishable food items or $10.00 to receive a limited edition rock art poster.

For this trip, Conscious Alliance will host their second Student Service Learning Project.  The program offers exciting alternative service-learning experiences for college students during their fall/spring breaks.  The Student Service Learning Project synthesizes service learning by combining education and hands-on service.  Participating students learn about hunger related issues, as well as Lakota culture, by providing compassionate cross-cultural community service on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.  While on the reservation, students lodge with community leaders Floyd and Natalie Hand, as they sort and distribute food to community members in need, aid with home repairs for Lakota families, participate in educational sessions with Lakota elders, and communicate with Pine Ridge college students and peers about current cultural, social, economic, and environmental issues.  This spring, March 23rd - 29th, Conscious Alliance will organize a group of students from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Conscious Alliance started off the 2008 by partnering with Jam Cruise to host a school supplies drive to benefit children living in Roatan, Honduras, one of the stops along Jam Cruise 6.  Conscious Alliance, Jam Cruise, Pangea Organics, The Children's Fund of Roatan and Zero Hero teamed up to deliver dozens of backpacks and boxes of school supplies, which were collected from passengers when the ship docked at port.  Additionally, Pangea Organics donated 1000's of bars of organic soap that were divided between a school, orphanage and clinic on the island.  The Children's Fund of Roatan shared their history to a group of 40 Jam Cruise volunteers, and children at the orphanage received an acoustic performance by Jam Cruise musicians including Jon Fishman, Jamie Janover, Jeff Coffin, Dave Watts and Dan Lebowitz.

For Conscious Alliance, the 2008 winter/spring season comes on the heels of a hugely successful 4th annual Turkey n' Trimmings holiday fundraiser.  As a result of a generous outpouring of donations, Conscious Alliance was able to deliver nearly 2,000 holiday dinners- three times the amount delivered in 2006!  Deliveries were made to communities on Pine Ridge, Northern Cheyenne, Rosebud, Standing Rock, and Fort Peck Indian Reservations.  In addition, the 4th annual Toy Drive received a huge boost this year thanks to a donation from JAKKS Pacific.  The contribution landed the total number of toys donated at nearly 10,000, resulting in distribution to dozens of communities on Pine Ridge, Rosebud, Northern Cheyenne and Fort Peck Indian Reservations.  Instead of wrapping paper, toys were given out in pillowcases sewn by quilting groups across the Midwest, thus eliminating excess waste.

Conscious Alliance Hosts the Rebel Alliance Jam IX

photo by Tim Hurley- for the Grateful Web

Conscious Alliance is excited to announce their Rebel Alliance Jam IX and Toy Drive at the Fox Theatre on December 8th.  The annual holiday benefit event will support the children of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.  All patrons who donate one unwrapped toy (of at least a $10.00 value) or $10.00 will receive a limited edition poster by artist Will Ruocco.

The Rebel Alliance Jam is a Conscious Alliance tradition that features a rotating line up of exceptional musicians, who come together often times for rare collaborations to support the initiatives of Conscious Alliance.  This year, MOCAPAY and KCUV 102.3 (Denver) will host the Rebel Alliance Jam IX, taking place December 8th, 2007 at Boulder, Colorado's Fox Theatre.  Rebel Alliance Jam IX will feature Kyle Hollingsworth (The String Cheese Incident), Fareed Haque (Garaj Mahal), Dave Watts & Dominic Lali (The Motet), Alex Botwin & Lane Shaw (Pnuma Trio), Danny Sears & Zivanai Masango (Chris Berry & Panjea Allstars), Jamie Janover (Zilla) and very special guests still to be announced.

Show details are as follows:
Rebel Alliance Jam IX and Toy Drive
Saturday, December 8 th @ 8:30 pm (Doors @ 8:00 pm)
Fox Theatre
1135 13th Street, Boulder
Tickets $18.00, $13.00 with MOCAPAY at Albums on the Hill / Ages 21+ Welcome
For more information please visit www.foxtheatre.com

All tickets purchased using MOCAPAY as a payment method receive a $5.00 discount.  To learn more about MOCAPAY and to sign up, please visit http://www.mocapay.com.

Tune into KCUV online.

Already this holiday season, Conscious Alliance delivered donations collected during their 4th Annual Turkey n' Trimmings holiday food drive.  This year, the organization collected upwards of 2,500 holiday turkey boxes and have also expanded outreach to include additional communities in South Dakota and Montana, and in New Mexico and Louisiana as well. In 2006, Conscious Alliance distributed approximately 1,000 holiday turkey boxes to people in need in South Dakota and Montana.

Conscious Alliance's Youth Against Hunger project (YAH) offers exciting alternative service-learning experiences for college students during their fall/spring breaks.  YAH synthesizes service learning by combining education and hands-on service.  The inaugural YAH trip took place October 21-26, 2007, with students from Warren Wilson College (Asheville, NC) participating.  YAH students learned about hunger related issues, as well as Lakota culture, by providing compassionate cross-cultural community service on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.  While on the reservation, students lodged with community leaders Floyd and Natalie Hand, as they sorted and distributed food to community members in need, aided with home repairs for Lakota families, participated in educational sessions with Lakota elders, and communicated with Pine Ridge college students and peers about current cultural, social, economic, and environmental issues.  Conscious Alliance's YAH provides students with the knowledge and support they need to return to their respective communities and, using the skills they have acquired, create positive change in their local communities.  The next YAH trip will take place in spring 2008.  For more information on Conscious Alliance and YAH, and upcoming service learning opportunities, please visit http://www.consciousalliance.org/projects.yah.htm.

Conscious Alliance December Food Drive events include:

November 31-December 01 Catalyst Santa Cruz CA STS9
December 08 Fox Theatre Boulder CO Rebel Alliance Jam IX
December 28-December 31 Tabernacle Atlanta GA STS9
December 29-December 31 Fillmore Denver CO Yonder Mountain String Band

In addition, a Mimi Fishman Foundation Auction.  Conscious Alliance is a Partner of America's Second Harvest.

Conscious Alliance & Bioneers Present The Rebel Alliance Jam

photo by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

Conscious Alliance is proud to present Rebel Alliance VIII on Saturday, October 20, 2007 at the Boulder Theater. For this eighth event in the Conscious Alliance benefit concert series, Michael Kang (The String Cheese Incident), Keith Moseley (The String Cheese Incident, Keller Williams and The WMD'S), and Chris Berry & Panjea will perform with guests to be announced for one very special evening of music.

Each Rebel Alliance VIII performer will participate in the Colorado Bioneers Conference happening at the CU Boulder campus that same weekend. Michael Kang, Keith Moseley, and Chris Berry, together with Conscious Alliance founder Justin Baker, will speak as panelists on the Bioneers session entitled "Activism through Art and Music." The panel will explore how musicians and artists are achieving profound social change locally and globally as well as their sources of inspiration and worldly visions.  For more information on this panel and other events taking place throughout the weekend, please visit http://www.ecenter.colorado.edu/bioneers07.

Boulder  is one of 21 communities in North America with a Bioneers satellite forum. Bioneers is the preeminent gathering of leading scientific innovators & environmental visionaries who offer practical solutions to the most pressing environmental and social issues of our time. Visit www.bioneers.org for more information.

Proceeds from the Rebel Alliance Jam VIII will benefit Conscious Alliance www.consciousalliance.org and Our Future Now www.ourfuturenow.org.  Every patron attending this year's show is encouraged to donate $10.00 or 10 canned food items in exchange for a free limited edition poster by artist Timothy Ripley www.timothyripley.netfirms.com.

Since its inception three years ago, Boulder-based not-for-profit Conscious Alliance has collected and donated over 500,000 lbs. of food to local U.S. food banks and to impoverished Indian Reservations in the western United States.  The bulk of food collected at Rebel Alliance VIII will go directly to Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota in accordance with the first annual Conscious Alliance Student Service Trip, while money donations collected will be used to support "Turkey n' Trimmings" food deliveries over the Thanksgiving holiday.  For more information please visit www.consciousalliance.org.

Also, check out Chris Berry & Panjea, featuring Dave Watts and Dominic Lalli from The Motet, October 19th at Quixotes in Denver.

Conscious Alliance Hosts Food Drives This Summer

photo(s) by Madison House- for the Grateful Web

Colorado not-for-profit Conscious Alliance continues to broaden their reach, hosting food drives at concerts and other events throughout the country this summer.  In addition to returning to such festivals as 10,000 Lakes, Wakarusa, Bonnaroo, All Good Music Festival, and Camp Bisco, and touring with such bands as Sound Tribe Sector 9 and The String Cheese Incident, Conscious Alliance will debut their services at the Joshua Tree Music Festival and the Taos Solar Music Festival, among others.  Conscious Alliance will also host their 1 st annual benefit festival, Sonic Bloom, in their home state of Colorado.

Their complete list of summer stops is as follows:
May 18-20 Joshua Tree Music Festival Joshua Tree, CA                  
June 7-10 Wakarusa Music Festival Lawrence, KS
June 14-17 Bonnaroo Music Festival Manchester, TN
June 21-23 Sonic Bloom Red Feather Lakes, CO
June 29-July 1 Taos Solar Music Festival Taos, NM
July 6-7 Re:Generation Music Festival Asheville, NC 
July 13-15 All Good Music Festival Masontown, WV
July18-21 10,000 Lakes Music Festival  Detroit Lakes, MN
August 3-5 Big Summer Classic Salem, MO
August 16-18 Camp Bisco VI Mariaville, NY
September 8 Power to the Peaceful Festival   San Francisco, CA 
September 14-16 Earthdance Laytonville, CA
September 20-24 Symbiosis Festival Northern CA
The String Cheese Incident Summer Tour
Sound Tribe Sector 9 Summer Tour

As always, attendees at the above events are encouraged to donate 10 or more non-perishable food items at the entrance, redeemable for an exclusive event poster. Food donated will benefit local America's Second Harvest food banks, and monies donated will help support the development of a second emergency food storage facility, this one on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in Montana. Additional food drives to be announced. For more information visit www.conciousalliance.org.

Conscious Alliance is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to the redistribution of much needed food to the impoverished communities of the United States.  They operate an ongoing, national grassroots food collection and hunger awareness program. In short – they organize food drives at concerts and sporting events to collect food donations to benefit local food pantries and impoverished Indian reservations throughout the U.S.

Since their first event in 2002, Conscious Alliance has hosted hundreds of food drives at many events, including such music festivals as Bonnaroo, Power to the Peaceful, and the Langerado Music Festival, and for such artists as Jack Johnson, Foo Fighters, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Franti & Spearhead, The Dead, The String Cheese Incident, and many, many others. The net result: the redistribution of over 300 tons of food – and counting!

During a Hurricane Katrina benefit concert in 2005, The Conscious Alliance teamed up with the Dave Matthews Band, resulting in the collection of over 30,000 lbs. of food and over $70,000 in donation money that supported the disaster relief efforts.

Also in the fall of 2005, Conscious Alliance completed the first phase of Project Restoration, a project that created a brand new food storage and distribution facility on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, in South Dakota.  The facility provides emergency food relief to hundreds of families each month, and phase two of the project is currently in progress.

Mimi Fishman Auction For Conscious Alliance Has Ended!

Scramble Campbell original oil on canvas painting- for the Grateful Web

By the end of the week Hurricane Katrina hit, the Conscious Alliance was mobilized in Houston, TX with over 17,500 lbs. of food that we delivered to the Houston Food Bank (www.Houstonfoodbank.org).  We were able to raise over $25,000 since our internet fundraising campaign began one week ago.  100% of the donations we have raised on-line are being used to purchase food for evacuees of Hurricane Katrina.

Once in Houston we realized that while the hero's at the Houston Food Bank, that took in over 1,000,000 lbs. of food donations last weekend, are providing for the shelters, church's, and other non-profit agencies servicing evacuees, no one is delivering food to the 1,000's of people stranded in Hotels.

This will be our mission in Houston, TX when we head back down next week.  The funds raised from the Mimi Fishman Auction will be used to cover the administrative and overhead costs that we are incurring to make our hurricane relief efforts a reality.