When John Lennon sang “No need for greed or hunger,” the inclusion of “greed” and “hunger” in the same line was no accident. He knew that the former begat the latter. To fight greed and hunger The Jerry Garcia Foundation and Hard Rock Café San Francisco are teaming up to present a WhyHunger Holiday Benefit at 7 p.m. on December 18, 2015, at Hard Rock Cafe San Francisco. This amazing event will feature guest appearances by the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir, guitar prodigy Corby Pryor, Rainbow Full of Sound, and Keystone Revisited. Renowned artist Stanley Mouse, who has created posters for The Beatles and the Grateful Dead, will be sharing his art. Counterculture icon Wavy Gravy will MC the event and as always may have some tricks up his sleeves.
Inspired by John Lennon’s beloved peace anthem “Imagine,” all door proceeds will benefit Imagine There’s No Hunger. The global campaign’s goal is to help realize John’s vision of a world without hunger. John’s wife, Yoko Ono, joins Hard Rock International and WhyHunger in their mission to find solutions to hunger and poverty around the world. Jerry Garcia’s family members and co-founders of The Jerry Garcia Foundation had this to say about this special event that comes on the heels of what would have been Lennon’s 75th birthday and the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead.
"We have so much gratitude to all those coming together to raise awareness and support for this great cause. Music and the arts continue to change the world for the better." –Keelin Garcia, Co-Founder of The Jerry Garcia Foundation
"Compassion creates peace. When human needs for sustenance and nourishment are met, we move toward a more peaceful planet. We are honored to share the arts to support John and Yoko's vision of peace through the IMAGINE campaign. The Jerry Garcia Foundation supports artistic, environmental and humanitarian causes, and working with Hard Rock Cafe San Francisco on IMAGINE THERE'S NO HUNGER makes perfect sense for us." -Manasha Garcia, Co-Founder of The Jerry Garcia Foundation