Archive for the ‘Good causes’ Category

Save our Humus! – the essential top layer of our soil (Graeme Sait at TEDxNoosa)

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Learn all about Humus, the layer of soil essential for healthy food production which is being gradually depleted by unsustainable farming practices. Graeme Sait a lifelong human and soil health educator explains how 467 billion tons of carbon has been released from the soil into the atmosphere, and that we urgently need to return that carbon to the soil, and start replenishing the humus in order to reverse the impact.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

Neil Young donates tickets to Lincoln, NE concert with Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real to support Bold Nebraska — July 11, 2015

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015


Click here to buy tickets to see Neil Young in concert + Bold Nebraska’s “Politics & Pints” on July 11th.

Our hero and fellow Pipeline Fighter Neil Young is coming to Lincoln on Saturday, July 11th to perform a concert at Pinnacle Arena with the band Promise of the Real — which includes Lukas and Micah Nelson.

For anyone who attended the “Harvest the Hope” concert last fall, Promise of the Real stood out as a force. Rock legend Neil Young teaming up with the Nelson boys is a show that cannot be missed!

Neil has generously donated a batch of tickets to his July 11th concert to Bold Nebraska, which we have put on sale as a part of a fundraiser that also includes admission to our pre-concert “Politics + Pints” event with speakers, local musicians, and Special Guests.

Click here to purchase tickets.

(**Your concert tickets will be held for pick-up at Vega during the pre-concert “Politics & Pints” event**)


  • 1 ticket to the Saturday July 11th Neil Young & Promise of the Real concert at Pinnacle Arena in Lincoln, NE
  • Admission and a guaranteed seat at the Bold Nebraska Pre-Concert “Politics + Pints” event at Vega (2-minute walk from Pinnacle Arena)
  • 1 “Harvest the Hope” concert poster (must be picked up at Vega pre-concert event)
  • WHAT: Bold Nebraska “Politics + Pints” Event
  • WHERE: VEGA: 350 Canopy Street #220, Lincoln, NE 68501
  • WHEN: Saturday, July 11th 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
  • MUSIC: The Bottle Tops and more to be announced soon
  • SPEAKERS: Jane Kleeb (Bold Nebraska); Shane Davis (founder; Greg Grey Cloud (Wica Agli); Art Tanderup (farmer and host of Harvest the Hope); Special Guests; more to be announced soon
Neil’s new album is called “The Monsanto Years,” and his current tour is focused on the risks that corporation brings to farms and our food system. The “Politics & Pints” event will focus on issues around Monsanto and other threats to our land and water.

(You may also RSVP to attend the “Politics & Pints” event if you’re not going to the Neil Young concert, but the only way to be guaranteed a seat is to purchase a ticket through the Bold Nebraska website.)

Click here to buy tickets to see Neil Young in concert and attend Bold Nebraska’s “Politics & Pints” pre-concert event at Vega.

Looking forward to rocking out again together with Neil!

Jane Kleeb and the Bold Nebraska team

Willie Nelson, my hero

Sunday, June 28th, 2015


I use the F-word so sparingly, but speaking out against hate is the very most appropriate ocassion to use it!  I love you Willie.

Willie Nelson supports Texas Wins

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

by:   Laura Hostelley

Willie Nelson has never been one to shy away from speaking his mind, no matter how controversial the subject. Now the singer is letting everyone know his stance by openly supporting the anti-discrimination group Texas Wins.

The Texas-based organization focuses their efforts on making their state a better place by “demonstrating true Texas values and protecting all Texans from discrimination,” specifically within the LGBT community. Nelson shares this belief and is looking to spread the word.
“Discrimination against the LGBT community in not what Texas is all about,” the singer and activist says. “And that’s why I’m thrilled to support Texas Wins.”

Nelson has endorsed the LGBT community for years. He even did an exclusive feature with Texas Monthly not too long ago to display his rendition of the human rights logo to include his famous braids rolled up as joints, replacing the original horizontal lines.

The 82-year-old sees the movement similar to the civil rights campaign back in the 1960s, as just another idea Americans will eventually all come around to.

“As humanity, we’ve come through so many problems from the beginning to here. I guess it finally had to come around to this,” he explains. “This is just another situation, another problem. We’ll work it out and move on… We’ll look back and say it was crazy that we ever even argued about this.”
“I never had a problem with any of it,” he continues. “I’ve known straight and gay people all my life. I can’t tell the difference. People are people where I came from. I never thought of marriage as something only for men and women. But I’d never marry a guy I didn’t like.”


Songs for Tsunami

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015


December 26, 2004:  A massive undersea earthquake occurs off Indonesia leading to a deadly tsunami that hits the shores of Sumatra, Thailand, Sri Lanka, India, Mayaysia, Myanmar, the Maldives and East Africa.

We have a certain tradition in the Austin music scene:  when something terrible happens, we have a benefit.  These benefits are a lot of fun, but they almost never make any money.  In many respects they’re just a way for like-minded folks to get together and commiserate.  The day after the earthquake and Tsunami hit.  I watched the same horrible images over and over:  children being swept away in rushing water.  I wanted to do more than just write a check, and I was pretty sure others felt the same way.

The solution was obvious.  But this benefit would have to actually make money.  One of the perks of my job as  a writer at Texas Monthly is that sometimes I get the private cell numbers of famous rock stars.  So I called up Willie Nelson.  “Let’s do it”, he said.  With Willie driving the bus, others hopped on.  Joe Ely, then Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis, then Patty Griffin.  The show had to reflect all of Austin, not just men with beards and women with acoustic guitars, so I called Indie pop star Spoon.  They said yes, so did Alejandro Escoveda, along with Jon Dee Graham. The show sold out in seven hours.

Ever day Willie got more and more excited about the event, and so did everyone else in town. Austinites rushed forward to offer ther help, before the show then during it.   The groups we were earmarking funds for CARE, UNICEF, and the Red Cross — sent volunteers to man booths, and so did the American Friends Service Committee, the Miracle Foundation (a group helping Sri Lankan orphans).  Everyone got involved because the wanted to help in ways behond just writing a check.  They wanted to be part of something.

The show was absolutely magic, so was the atmosphere.  In between acts, people visited the booths, talked with the volunteers and gave more money.  They bought t-shirts and posters.  They drank a lot of beer and liquor.  At the end of the night the bartenders donated their tips and the Music Hall donated the expenses.  By the time the final tallies were made, we had made more than $130,000.

Tsunami Relief was Willies’ show, but it had come together in a way that made you proud to live in Austin.  Form the red-headed stranger to the volunteers selling t-shirts and posters, it was like we were all on a mission.  A couple of journalists asked me the same thing that someone asked Margaret Shaw at the t-shirt table that night:  “What organization are you with?”  She said the same thing that I did:  “There is no organization; it’s just a bunch of citizens.”

— Michael Hall

Songs for Tsunami Relief – Austin to South Asia

  • Love Be Heard (Patty Griffin)
  • Mary (Patty Griffin with Natalie Maines)
  • All Just To Get to You (Joe ELy)
  • Boxcars (Joe Ely)
  • Everybody Loves Me (Alejandro Escovedo)
  • Break This Time (Alejandro Escovedo)
  • Mathematical Mind (Spoon)
  • Everything Hits at Once (Spoon)
  • What I deserve (Kelly Willis)
  • Traveling Soldier (Natalie Maines with B. Robinson and K. Willis)
  • What Would Willie Do (Bruce Robison)
  • Living in the Promiseland (Willie Nelson)
  • Whiskey River (Willie Nelson)
  • Still is Still Moving to Me (Willie Nelson)
  • Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain (Willie Nelson)
  • The Great Divide (Willie Nelson)
  • Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys (Willie Nelson)
  • Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground (Willlie Nelson)

Willie Nelson Supports Texas Wins

Saturday, June 13th, 2015


Texas Wins is elated to announce our newest supporter—musician, song-writer, activist, poet and proud-Texan Willie Nelson has joined the fray of celebrities, business leaders, athletes and faith leaders to officially endorse our campaign.

On discrimination, the outspoken musician said, “Discrimination against the LGBT community in not what Texas is all about. And that’s why I’m thrilled to support Texas Wins.”

Willie’s endorsement is critical, and further demonstrates that a majority of Texans support common-sense non-discrimination protections that include sexual orientation and gender identity.

Texas has a proud tradition of embracing rugged individualism, freedom and equality, and that’s exactly what our campaign is all about. Willie’s statement attests to the strong Texas values that makes our state so great.

“King of the Roadies” — help support the Ben Dorcy Story Documentary — Two Weeks Left to raise funds!

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015
by: Shelton Green

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas — A 90-year-old roadie for musician Willie Nelson is now the focus of a documentary being shot by one of Nelson’s daughters and one of his grandchildren.

“King of the Roadies” is about 90-year-old Ben Dorcy, who has been with Willie since the 1960s. One of Nelson’s grandchildren, Trevor Nelson, started the documentary on Dorcy 11 years ago.

“Over the years, he was just always there.He was a fixture, so I didn’t realize how amazing he is and how he’s actually a piece of music history,” said Amy Nelson, one of Willie’s daughters and co-creator of “King of the Roadies.”

Dorcy worked as actor John Wayne’s chauffeur before he met Willie.

“Well, I knew him a long time and when he lived in Nashville, I said, ‘Hey, sometime I’d like to work with you.’ He said ‘OK,'” said Dorcy, talking about how he first started working for Nelson.

“King of the Roadies” has to raise $100,000 in two weeks. At last count, organizers were about a quarter of the way there.


To donate funds to help complete the project, visit:
search for Ben Dorcy or King of the Roadies
Give what you can — and get a prize!

Support the making of “King of the Roadies” Ben Dorcy Story — Donate to Kickstarter Campaign, get cool gifts

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

Amy and Trevor Nelson have been working on a documentary video about Ben Dorcy for 10 years, and are now launching a big push to get it finished. Ben just turned 90, and it would be great if Amy and Trevor could finish the documentary and Ben could enjoy watching it at the premier.

It takes money to make a movie, and A Kickstarter campaign has launched to help fund this documentary.  The site is open for 30 days only to raise funds to finish the documentary, and time is running out.  He site accepts donations from $10.00 — on up, and for each level you get a great gift.  Visit the site and see the gifts, and give what you can to make this happen!

Visit their website for more information:

Donate to the project via Kickstarter: — search for Ben Dorcy or King of the Roadies

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Meet Ben Dorcy (Part V)

Willie Nelson will contribute to “Saving My Tomorrow” HBO Documentary on environment

Friday, June 5th, 2015


HBO and The American Museum of Natural History present SAVING MY TOMORROW, a six part family series on the environment. From the children who will inherit the planet, comes a collection of songs, activism, and heartfelt tips for protecting the earth. Kids share their thoughts on subjects ranging from endangered animals and pollution to climate change. Behind the scenes at the American Museum of Natural History, scientists talk with kids about how organisms are affected by a changing earth. A mix of science, animation, and stories of plants and animals in danger, the series celebrates the natural world and is a call from kids to kids to help take care of the planet.

The SAVING MY TOMORROW series features readings, performances, and appearances by Alan Cumming, Laura Dern, Tina Fey, Lennon & Maisy, Ziggy Marley, Audra McDonald, Stephin Merritt, Elizabeth Mitchell, Jason Mraz, Liam Neeson, Willie Nelson, Karen O, Susan Sarandon, Pharrell Williams, Jeffrey Wright, Pete Seeger, They Might Be Giants, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Dan Zanes, and others.


Willie Nelson supports Texas Wins

Thursday, June 4th, 2015


King of the Roadies: The Ben Dorcy Story (you can help make it happen)

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

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Neil Young Boycotts Starbucks

Thursday, May 28th, 2015


Neil Young wants the world to know it’s time to #OutgrowMonsanto

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
by:Jon Blistein

Neil Young and his recent collaborators, Lukas and Micah Nelson — the sons of country great Willie Nelson — performed an acoustic rendition of their new protest song, “The Monsanto Years,” during an anti-GMO event in Maui this weekend, Stereogum reports.

Just like the song — and forthcoming album of the same name — the Outgrow Monsanto event sought to raise awareness of the agrochemical giant’s unhealthy and environmentally unfriendly practices, especially their propagation of genetically modified foods and seeds.

“The Monsanto Years” specifically looks at the issue from the perspective of a farmer who resorts to growing Monsanto-manufactured crops, but thinks often of his mother and father and the untainted farming traditions they passed down. Young and the Nelson brothers’ performance has an impromptu, communal feel as their steely acoustic guitars overlap over rhythms meted out on the bottom of a bucket.

Later that same day, Young and the Nelson brothers did away with their acoustic guitars and blasted through a rendition of “Down By the River,” off Young and Crazy Horse’s 1969 classic, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere. Backed by the bellows of the audience, the performance remained true to the original and Lukas held his own during the enviable — but certainly not easy — task of trading solos with Young.

Meet Ben Dorcy: #3 – “King of the Roadies” documentary — help make it happen!

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

A sneak preview from the upcoming documentary KING OF THE ROADIES. Join our Kickstarter campaign so you will have the opportunity to see the finished film.


You can contribute through the Kickstarter campaign:, search for Ben Dorcy or King of the Roadies.

Willie Nelson will narrate this feature length documentary about Ben Dorcy lll, aka “Lovey”.  Directors Trevor Doyle Nelson and Amy Nelson present KING OF THE ROADIES, a counter-culture tale of longevity through perseverance and adaptability.  The film will chronicle the extraordinary life of Ben Dorcy, the world’s oldest and by most accounts, first roadie ever.  We will revisit the six decades of music & film history that Ben helped to shape; including his time spent with John Wayne, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash,  Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline and many more.

Some of the artists who have already appeared in the film to share stories and discuss the living legend are Willie Nelson, Johnny Bush, Kinky Friedman, Jack Ingram, and Jamey Johnson.

The film will focus on Ben’s past as well as his present day life, that of a 90 year old working roadie.  His unique situation challenges the preconceived notions of what it means to grow old, and it raises some questions: Why must self-value diminish with age?  How do our perceived limitations shape our reality?  Is society serving it’s elders by encouraging them to retire?

Ben has kept the show on the road for over sixty-five years and he still tours with several bands including Randy Rogers, Wade Bowen, Cody Canada, Kevin Fowler, Cory Morrow, and Willie Nelson.  He is a trailblazer and a shining example of humanity whose story will inspire generations to come.  KING OF THE ROADIES will leave you a changed person, if for no other reason than spending an hour and half with Ben.  For more information about the film, visit


Meet Ben Dorcy (Part 2)

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

Enjoy this sneak preview from the upcoming documentary KING OF THE ROADIES.

Join the Kickstarter campaign and help raise funds to finish the film about Ben Dorcy, the world’s oldest Roadie.    Then we can all see the finished film.

Visit — search for KING OF THE ROADIES project.

Thank you.