Timeless rock stars The Moody Blues are paying it forward throughout their Voyage 2011 Precious Cargo tour, by teaming up with Ear Candy Charity and a local charity in each market to host a week-long Instrument Drive.
In Las Vegas, Ear Candy Charity will partner with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas (BGCLV) for collections and BGCLV will be the recipients of the instruments. Throughout the week of May 6 – 13, community members can donate a new or slightly used instrument at any of the eight Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas locations or at the band’s concert at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on May 13.
Tickets for the show are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com and The Joint box office. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 800.HRD.ROCK (800.473.7625) or visit www.hardrockhotel.com, www.thejointlasvegas.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
The Moody Blues know that the benefits of music education in the lives of children are undeniable, yet in these troubling economic times, budgets for music education are being slashed. To address these shortfalls, Ear Candy Charity created Instrument Drives to collect slightly used instruments for children who otherwise cannot afford them. Individuals donate instruments at donation sites, and the instruments are placed in the hands of low income students in the community. The “Journey of the Instrument” is completed when the original donor is notified of the school or program where the instrument they donated has been placed. A tax receipt will be provided for instrument donors.
In addition to encouraging instrument donations, The Moody Blues is offering two exclusive VIP packages which include an intimate Storytellers experience, a Moody Blues merchandise package, and a pair of premium tickets to the show. The packages are available via online auction to support Ear Candy Charity’s mission of providing youth access to music education.
The Moody Blues — guitarist/vocalist Justin Hayward, bassist/vocalist John Lodge and drummer Graeme Edge — have sold in excess of 70 million albums worldwide and have been awarded an astonishing 14 platinum and gold discs. The band’s incredible roster of hits includes: “Nights In White Satin,” “Tuesday Afternoon,” “Ride My See Saw,” “The Story In Your Eyes,” “Isn’t Life Strange,” “Question,” “I’m Just A Singer (In A Rock And Roll Band),” “Your Wildest Dreams,” and “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere,” to name a few. The Moody Blues’ No. 1, Top 5, Top 10, Top 20, Top 40, Multi-Platinum, Platinum and Gold albums and singles, have generated sold-out tours on a consistent basis over the course of several decades, making the group one of the top-grossing album and touring bands in existence.
The Moodies’ legendary hit “Nights In White Satin,” originally released in 1967 from their landmark “Days Of Future Passed” album, recently landed at #2 on the UK Rock Chart, and at #27 on the BBC Radio 1 chart, making it the fourth time that “Nights” has charted in its 40-plus year history. The song’s resurgence ignited from a recent smash cover performance by Matt Cardle, current winner of Simon Cowell’s hit UK show “The X Factor” (check out Cardle’s performance of the song at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUTGJN9qCnc).
About Ear Candy Charity
Ear Candy Charity is based in Phoenix and is devoted to Providing Youth Access to Music Education. They fulfill their mission through Instrument Drives, Backstage Class field trips and Community Partnerships. In 2010, Ear Candy Charity impacted well over 10,000 youth in the Arizona while actively expanding their sustainable, community driven model. To learn more please visit: www.EarCandyCharity.ORG
About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas
Started in 1961, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas currently serves more than 14,000 youth ages 5 –18 in eight facilities throughout the Valley. With the belief that every child has the potential to “be great”, the Clubs’ full-time professional staff emphasizes character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, the arts, sports, fitness and recreation. For more information, please contact the Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas at 702.367.2582 or visit www.bgclv.org.