Rolling Stone, Issue 787, May 1999, p. 50
Browne, David Crosby and others in concert to raise funds for WAVY GRAVYs
Wavy Gravy calls, you dont say no to the guy," says David
Crosby. "All he wants to do it help people." Crosby is one
of many artists joining the legendary Berkeley, California, activist
at Sing Out for Seva, a benefit concert organized by Gravy on May 15th
at the Berkeley Community Theater. The event which aims to raise $70,000
for medical aid to Third World countries, will also feature performances
by Graham Nash, Jackson Browne, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Odetta, Dan Bern,
Iris DeMent, Ramblin Jack Elliot, Charlie Musslewhite and John
promises a three-plus-hour, mostly acoustic show, and fans should expect
lots of collaboration. "I try to encourage cross-pollination,"
he says. "Lesh is playing with Crosby and Nash; Bob Weir is going
to do something with Jack Elliot."
for service) is a nonprofit organization, co-founded by Gravy in 1978,
that funds various health and development projects around the world.
"Seva is the flashlight that helps people find the light switch,"
he explains. "We find somebody doing something remarkable and fund
from the event will be divided equally among Sevas causes, including
community development in Guatemala and Mexico, diabetes prevention among
American Indians, and medical-aid organizations working to provide interocular
lenses permanent artificial lenses that restore eyesight. Seva
also funds the development of the lenses. "[The operation] costs
several thousand dollars in this country," says Gravy, "but
were able to use a pay-what-you-can system."
performers, Sing Out for Seva is not just for a good cause its
a good jam. "It will be wonderful to play with these people,"
says singer/songwriter Dan Bern. "Besides, Id do anything
for Wavy. If he said, Lets go bowling," I would."