Music Heals International’s 5th Anniversary Benefit Concert featuring Jackson Browne with Greg Leisz and Special Guest Paul Beaubrun

Music Heals International’s 5th Anniversary Benefit Concert featuring Jackson Browne with Greg Leisz and Special Guest Paul Beaubrun

Monday, October 15, 2018

8:00 pm


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This event is all ages

Sponsored by Douglas Rosenberg 

Proceeds benefit MHI’s Rob Wasserman Memorial Fund 

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Music Heals International
Music Heals International
Music Heals International (MHI) brings music and musicians to the children of Haiti and globally to inspire achievement, resiliency, and creativity.

In collaboration with J/P Haitian Relief Organization (J/P HRO) and Little Kids Rock (LKR), Music Heals International provides free music instruction, teacher training and musical instruments to Delmas 32 youth. MHI seeks to elevate marginalized children in Haiti and elsewhere by building their ability to successfully address life’s challenges.
Jackson Browne
Jackson Browne
Jackson Browne has written and performed some of the most literate and moving songs in popular music and has defined a genre of songwriting charged with honesty, emotion and personal politics. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 2007.

Except for a brief period in NYC in the late 1960s, Jackson has always lived in Southern California. His debut album came out on David Geffen's Asylum Records in 1972. Since then, he has released fourteen studio albums and four collections of live performances. His most recent studio album, Standing In The Breach, is a collection of ten songs, at turns deeply personal and political, exploring love, hope, and defiance in the face of the advancing uncertainties of modern life.

Browne is known for his advocacy on behalf of the environment, human rights, and arts education. He's a co-founder of the groups Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE) and and a member of the Ocean advocacy group, Ocean Elders.

In 2002, he was the fourth recipient of the John Steinbeck Award, given to artists whose works exemplify the environmental and social values that were essential to the great California-born author. He has received Duke University's LEAF award for Lifetime Environmental Achievement in the Fine Arts, and both the Chapin-World Hunger Year and NARM Harry Chapin Humanitarian Awards. In 2004, Jackson was given an honorary Doctorate of Music by Occidental College in Los Angeles, for "a remarkable musical career that has successfully combined an intensely personal artistry with a broader vision of social justice."
Greg Leisz
Greg Leisz
Greg Leisz grew up in the garage band culture of mid-1960s Southern California. He spent time at the Ashgrove, the Troubador, and clubs on the Sunset Strip . He began playing guitar and soon added dobro and lap steel. He was inspired to pick up the pedal steel after hearing Sneaky Pete Kleinow and Buddy Emmons. In 1975, he toured with John Stewart (formerly of The Kingston Trio). He was a member of Funky Kings who released their eponymous debut album on Arista Records in 1976. After the band broke up, he became a popular musician both in the studio and on the road.

In 1987, Leisz began working with Dave Alvin (formerly of The Blasters). Their collaboration led to Leisz producing several of Alvin's albums, including King of California, Black Jack David, Ashgrove, and West of the West. In 1989, he played on k.d. lang's Grammy-winning Absolute Torch and Twang and joined her on the resulting tour. For the next eighteen years he toured with Lang and recorded with her, including her album Ingenue. Starting the early 1990s, he worked often with Matthew Sweet, played on Sweet's album Girlfriend and toured with him.

In January 2008, Leisz joined the group Works Progress Administration, a band composed of Leisz, Sean Watkins (guitar), his sister Sara Watkins (fiddle), Glen Phillips (guitar, vocals), Benmont Tench (piano), Luke Bulla (fiddle), Pete Thomas (drums), and Davey Faragher (bass). The group released their debut album, WPA, on September 15, 2009.

In 2010 and 2011, Leisz toured with Ray LaMontagne as a member of his backing band, The Pariah Dogs. He toured in 2013 as a member of Eric Clapton's band, in 2015 as a member of Jackson Browne's band, and again in 2017. He appeared in the 2016 Cameron Crowe cable television series Roadies, accompanying Jackson Browne on three songs in the last episode of the series.

Leisz's playing has appeared throughout the years on recordings by Aaron Neville, Alison Krauss, Amos Lee, Beck, Bill Frisell, Black Crowes, Bon Iver, Bruce Cockburn, Bruce Springsteen, Cass McCombs, Chuck Prophet, Daft Punk, Dave Alvin, Eagles, Emmylou Harris, Eric Clapton, Glenn Frey, Grant Lee Buffalo, Haim, Jackson Browne, Joe Cocker, John Fogerty, John Mayer, John Stewart, Joni Mitchell, k.d. lang, Lucinda Williams, Matthew Sweet, Meshell Ndegeocello, Paula Cole, Peter Case, Ray Lamontagne, Robert Plant, Sam Phillips, Sara Watkins, Shawn Colvin, Sheryl Crow, Susanna Hoffs, The Bangles, The Jayhawks, The Smashing Pumpkins, Tracy Chapman, Whiskeytown, Wilco, and Allen Toussaint.
Paul Beaubrun
Paul Beaubrun
Born into Haitian musical royalty, Paul creates a unique and transfixing sound he calls ‘Roots/Blues’. He weaves his impeccable guitar skills, rich vocals, musical ingenuity and cultural history together, all while performing a smooth mélange of both English and Creole.

He has recently been performing alongside bands and artists such as Arcade Fire, Lauryn Hill, Sheryl Crow, Brad Paisley, David Byrne, and Maxwell. He is working closely with Jackson Browne along with several other inspiring artists including Jonathan Wilson, Habib Koite, Raul Rodriguez, Jenny Lewis and Jon Russel.

In 2015 Paul released an album titled Vilnerab, which soared directly to #1 on iTunes in the World Music category, receiving rave reviews. In 2016, He was nominated for a DORA Award by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts for Outstanding Sound Design/Composition in the production of ESPWA/ESPOIR. In 2011 Paul was the recipient of the prestigious Unesco-Aschberg Artist in Residency Scholarship in Montreal.

He is an active board member of Artists Institute/Artists for Peace and Justice – a role that allows him to further awareness of Haitian art and culture, along with promoting the incredible talent of Haiti’s youth.
Venue Information:
Sweetwater Music Hall
19 Corte Madera Ave.
Mill Valley, CA, 94941