Thanks to Jack Johnson, coming all the way from Hawaii to perform at tthe 27th Farm Aid Concert in Harrisburg, Pennsylvanie. Jack, like all the artists who perform at Farm Aid, donate their time freely, and pay all their own and their band’s expenses, travel, room, etc. It was his first performance at the fundraising concert. Jack Johnson was a natural addition to Farm Aid, and it was great to hear him. Willie Nelson has performed in Hawaii at Jack Johnson’s Kakua fundraising concerts. Jack confessed that Willie Nelson’s decision to personally drive cars, and have his tour busses run on, biodiesel fuel, and decided he would choose to do that, too.
Jack Johnson grew up surfing and playing guitar on the North Shore Oahu. He released his first album, Brushfire Fairy Tales, in 2001 and since has released five studio albums and two live albums that have sold over 20 million copies worldwide.
With his success, Johnson has always tried to take the spotlight and shine it on issues important to him In 2003, Jack and his wife Kim founded the Kokua Hawaii Foundation and Kokua Festival to support environmental education in Hawaii’s schools and communities. Johnson, his Brushfire Records label, and his touring crew have been leaders in the greening of the music industry in all areas of tour production and album packaging.
In 2008, Jack donated 100% of his Sleep Through the static tour profits to establish the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation, an endowment founded by Jack and Kim Johnson to support environmental, art and music education worldwide. 100% of Jack Johnson’s more recent To the sea tour was also donated to charity.
These tour profit donations, along with JOhnson’s personal charitable activiites, have resulted in over $25 million donated to charity since 2001.