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Virtual Concerts for a Cause Take Main Stage
2 weeks ago

Virtual Concerts for a Cause Take Main Stage

Virtual concerts for a cause continue to answer the call on how to best raise awareness and funds during these unprecedented times. The latest music event: The UNODC Concert takes the main stage today with funds benefiting the cause to end human trafficking. Appropriately scheduled on World Day Against Human Trafficking in Persons - July [...]
Lollapalooza Pivots Virtually for 2020 Music Festival
2 weeks ago

Lollapalooza Pivots Virtually for 2020 Music Festival

Lollapalooza pivots virtually for 2020 music festival via YouTube exclusive broadcast with live music and awareness for social issues
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Zombies Jim Rodford Music Odessey: Tales of a Daddy
2 months ago

Zombies Jim Rodford Music Odessey: Tales of a Daddy

EPILOGUE This Father's Day we share one of our most beloved features about one of the world's most beloved musicians and a family's beloved dad -- gone too soon Jim Rodford. #RIP Jim Rodford died two years ago on January 20, 2018, months after this interview was first published. His death was sudden due to [...]
Gangstagrass Sparks Nickel and Dime Blues New Single
3 months ago

Gangstagrass Sparks Nickel and Dime Blues New Single

Gangstagrass hip-hop/bluegrass hybrid sensation releases Nickel and Dime Blues new anticipated single on May 15th.
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SOCIALLY SPARKED and HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY
3 months ago

SOCIALLY SPARKED and HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY

For Mother's Day we re-visit our Spotlight series of yore, where musician mamas and sons share how their moms Socially Sparked their lives. Click on the images below for these features: Live From Mom's House with Eliot Lewis Bill Morganfield Sings the Blues Away Trailblazing Musician Mamas Inspire Women Eliot Lewis Eliot Lewis and his [...]
Jazz Day Sparks at a Social Distance: Goes Virtual
3 months ago

Jazz Day Sparks at a Social Distance: Goes Virtual

International Jazz Day sparks will be at a social distance this year -- virtually. Jazz celebrations normally abound worldwide to close out the month of April. Physical events are cancelled due to COVID-19, but Jazz Day festivities are going on with Jazz Day at Home virtual events from artists around the world! TECHNOLOGY AMPLIFIES JAZZ [...]
World IP Day Sparks Innovation from a Social Distance
4 months ago

World IP Day Sparks Innovation from a Social Distance

World IP Day sparks innovation from a social distance in 2020. Every year on April 26th since 2000, the World celebrates the role that intellectual property plays on encouraging innovation and creativity across the globe. Initially created to increase the understanding of intellectual property, the commemorative day now shows how IP contributes to the flourishing [...]
Livestream Benefit Concerts Soar in Pandemic Era
4 months ago

Livestream Benefit Concerts Soar in Pandemic Era

Livestream benefit concerts are soaring in the pandemic era. Saturday brings two benefits to the limelight. All Together Now LA starts at 2PM PT/5PM ET and the Band Together Benefit online Festival for NOLA musicians at 3PM CT/4PM ET. A positive trend is brewing in the virtual benefit music event arena and it's via livestream [...]
In Memoriam: Legendary Singer Kenny Rogers Dead at 81
5 months ago

In Memoriam: Legendary Singer Kenny Rogers Dead at 81

Legendary singer Kenny Rogers is dead at 81 of natural causes. RIP.
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Rocker Chants Billy Never Idles in NYC Environmental Campaign
5 months ago

Rocker Chants Billy Never Idles in NYC Environmental Campaign

“Billy never idles, Billy never idles” chants legendary Rocker Billy Idol, who lends his name to NYC in a new campaign to prevent air pollution. NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio and Idol announced the “The War on Idling” campaign at a rally in front of City Hall this week. The environmental initiative will run throughout the [...]
L’aissez Les Bons Temps Rouler: Quote of the Week
6 months ago

L’aissez Les Bons Temps Rouler: Quote of the Week

L'aissez les bon temps roulez is the Socially Sparked® quote of the week. Mardi Gras 2020 is in high gear through this coming Tuesday, February 25th. Known as Fat Tuesday -- this fitting expression truly captures the essence of one that is Socially Sparked! Through my travels to New Orleans over the last few weeks, I [...]
This Land is Your Land at 80 Still Made for You and Me
6 months ago

This Land is Your Land at 80 Still Made for You and Me

Folk singer songwriter Woody Guthrie’s legendary song ‘This Land Is Your Land’ is still made for you and me as the anthem turns 80 on February 23rd. The folk hero and his timeless song have Socially Sparked® our lives since 1940. There have been many renditions over the decades of Woody’s unofficial classic anthem since [...]
GUN VIOLENCE TRAGEDY SPARKS MUSIC WITH A MESSAGE
6 months ago

GUN VIOLENCE TRAGEDY SPARKS MUSIC WITH A MESSAGE

It took just six minutes two years ago for 17 students and staff to be murdered at the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The impact of this senseless gun violence tragedy reverberated across the Nation and sparked a movement to end gun violence. The country and the world will never forget what [...]
The Ultimate Music Love-In Full of Roots
6 months ago

The Ultimate Music Love-In Full of Roots

The ultimate music love-in fest is full of roots and called Folk Alliance International. This year in New Orleans, the music conference opened with a clear theme defining what Folk Music is all about and why it’s Socially Sparked® our lives. It’s all about the roots of people and place as the 32nd annual Folk [...]
Remembering Legendary Bassist Jim Rodford (1941-2018)
7 months ago

Remembering Legendary Bassist Jim Rodford (1941-2018)

EPILOGUE Remembering the legendary bassist Jim Rodford today. Jim Rodford died on January 20, 2018, months after our Socially Sparked® Spotlight Interview was first published for Father's Day 2017. His death was sudden due to a fall down the stairs; days after a performance. Socially Sparked News spotlight feature with the legendary bassist for The Zombies, [...]
The Power of Music Sees the Light of Day
7 months ago

The Power of Music Sees the Light of Day

The Light of Day Foundation and its quest to find a cure for Parkinson’s Disease and the Parkinsonisms (ALS and PSP) begins with the power of music. The power of music to heal is a given. The power of music to raise awareness and funds for a cause -- in this case, for debilitating neuro-degenerative [...]
Next Generation Leader Maiah Wynne
8 months ago

Next Generation Leader Maiah Wynne

Next generation leader Maiah Wynne is a Gen Xer to watch as she adds her spark to the world. At the youthful age of 19, this young woman Gen Xer is an accomplished singer, songwriter, activist and mentor that has already Socially Sparked® our lives. Socially Sparked News first featured Maiah in 2017 and identified [...]
Gangstagrass Front Man Rench Top Socially Sparked Moments
8 months ago

Gangstagrass Front Man Rench Top Socially Sparked Moments

Gangstagrass front man Rench reveals his top three Socially Sparked® moments of 2017. Throughout December, we revisit our Spotlight Artists and ask them to share what Socially Sparked® their lives this year. Emmy-nominated, Billboard Charting, singer/songwriter and activist, Rench -- also known as the producer and front man for bluegrass/hiphop ensemble Gangstagrass - has had [...]
December 10th Shines Blue for Human Rights Day
8 months ago

December 10th Shines Blue for Human Rights Day

December 10th shines blue for International Human Rights Day. The observance is held annually across the globe to mark the day in 1948 that the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year’s theme is “Youth Standing Up for Human Rights” -- chosen by the United Nations High Commissioner for [...]