Recording artists Collective Soul, Sam Moore, John Legend and The Roots are the latest additions to the Dow Live Earth Run for Water, a series of 6K runs to be held Sunday to help combat the global water crisis.
Multiplatinum-selling Collective Soul, who recently released the eponymous Collective Soul, will perform at the Chicago event, to be held in Montrose Harbor.
“I’m a longtime environmental advocate and believe strongly that it is our duty as a society and as individuals to preserve our planet and its resources,” says guitarist Dean Roland. “The global water crisis is an environmental issue that affects nearly 1 billion people, and the Chicago community can help raise awareness and money to help address it.”
“I am honored to have been asked to lend my talent to an event that is striving to bring clean, safe drinking water to the women and children of the world, many of whom have to walk a mile or two each way or more daily to a water station just to keep themselves and their families alive,” Moore says. “I love Chicago. It’s one of my favorite cities. My wife’s a home girl, and we’re both hoping our friends and family who are here together with every fan of mine—fans of The Blues Brothers and Sam & Dave—turn out for the walk on April 18 so we can make a real difference and change lives for the better for so many.”
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“We are thrilled to be participating in this important event to bring clean, safe drinking water to the women and children around the world walking 6 kilometers every day to sustain their families,” says The Roots’ Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson. “We encourage the New York community to come out on April 18 because together we can make a difference in the lives of so many.”
“As an alumnus of the Live Earth concerts in 2007, I am proud to take part in another global event aimed at identifying solutions for critical environmental issues, such as the global water crisis,” adds Legend. “I believe music has the power to bring people together in pursuit of common goals, and in this case that is raising awareness and money to help solve the global water crisis.”
Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Atlanta
Country star Dierks Bentley will appear at the Minneapolis event, Melissa Etheridge will perform in Los Angeles, and Rob Thomas will play in Atlanta.
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