John Oates has rounded up a wide range of singer-songwriters for the first Oates Song Fest 7908, which will feature virtual performances from Bob Weir, Dave Grohl, Jim James, and many more. Set for March 20th, the free webcast will also raise money for Feeding America.
“This will be an entertaining and innovative way for the music community to share their songwriting creativity in an effort help feed Americas’ hungry families in need,” Oates said in a statement.
The full lineup will also feature Sammy Hagar, Keb Mo, Shawn Colvin, Michael Franti, and Daryl Hall. Viral sensation Saxsquatch will also serve as co-host of the event alongside Oates. According to a statement from the 80s hitmaker, the idea for the virtual concert came to him during a show he conducted in 2010 at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, CO, a city with an elevation of 7,908 feet.
“Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, when it became clear that live shows would not be possible, Aimee and I pivoted to the idea of creating a virtual version for charity,” Oates said, “and Oates Song Fest 7908 was born.”
Watch the announcement video for Oates Song Fest 7908 from the man himself below. Tune in to the free webcast on March 20th, presented by Nugs across a variety of platforms. Tune in below
Oates Song Fest 7908 – Livestream
[H/T Rolling Stone]