Dispatch has announced their initial performance schedule for 2015. The band will perform only one show in the US during the year. Yes, you read that correctly, just one show. But it’s a big one!
Billed as DISPATCH: HUNGER, this is more than just a concert, it’s an awesome act of activism, aiming to shine a light on the issue of hunger in America. Spotlighting the importance of a cause the band deeply cares about, they have announced this event will be the ONLY place to see Dispatch in North America in 2015.
On Saturday, July 11th Dispatch will return to Madison Square Garden for another big benefit concert, this time with with special guests John Butler Trio.
For more – be sure to head to the groups’ website, as it will be updated frequently, unveiling more and more details about the DISPATCH: HUNGER weekend in NYC. You can also RSVP to their event on Facebook for real-time updates. Tickets are set to go on pre-sale Friday, January 16th at 12PM EST and will go on sale to the public Friday, January 23rd.
Dispatch has always sought to fuse a message with their music. After going on hiatus in 2006, the band reunited in 2007 for three sold-out performances at Madison Square Garden all to to raise awareness and provide humanitarian relief for the people of Zimbabwe. When the band returned to touring in 2011, and again in 2012, they did so with a benevolent sense of purpose.
Creating the Amplifying Education campaign, band and fans inspire small and simple actions that can help all children get a first-class education, making a big difference in the lives of children across the country. Through a multi-faceted and collaborative effort, upwards of $250,000 in proceeds has been contributed towards education programs in local communities.
Now for this show, Dispatch will focus on hunger. As the band explains in the press surrounding the event, “1 in 6 Americans (46.2 MILLION PEOPLE) struggle to put food on their table and 1 in 5 American children don’t have enough to eat. Hunger in America is an unfortunate reality that we need to do something about.”
To help get the word out about hunger the band is going to need help. Along with organizing the show, they will be setting up regional volunteer-work, service projects, and other opportunities to come together between now and July 11th to make a difference.
In other news, Dispatch has recently spent time back in the studio, working on their sixth full-length studio album and studio follow up to 2012’s Circles Around The Sun. This past September the group did some work in a Denver studio as well as working at Connecticut’ Dragon Crest Studio this past December. With little time spent on the road this year, hopefully fans get to hear this new music in 2015, whether it be via a newly released record or at the highly anticipated Dispatch; Hunger performance with John Butler Trio.
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Article By: Aaron Solomon
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