Sofar Sounds is all about crafting a low-key intimate experience at each of their secret shows, but that doesn’t mean their scope is always focused on the small things. It’s all about bringing people together, after all, which is an idea as relevant as ever in these strange times. This Wednesday, September 20th, all different branches of the Sofar operation are figuratively joining hands for a special day of performances in cities all over the world. They proudly declare that it’s “no ordinary charity gig – it’s an unprecedented global celebration of music and community.”
According to the announcement, the Give a Home event “will not only be an opportunity for people to unite and show solidarity, we hope they will give people a chance to learn and be inspired by the actions others are taking to help refugees.” Over 300 of these shows are planned for that day – a level of coordination the company has never seen before. All funds will support the multifaceted social-aid work of Amnesty International, and there’ll be chances for anyone to make any other donations they see fit.
There are plenty of big names happy to take part: Moby (Los Angeles), KT Tunstall (also L.A.), Ed Sheeran (Washington D.C.), Ani DiFranco (New Orleans) and Hot Chip (London) are just a few of the names coming out to play. Of course, the Philadelphia crew wouldn’t be left out of such a worthy cause. If you’re curious what wicked things a virtuoso can do with an upright bass, this installment will be a chance to see why Esperanza Spalding is one of the hippest names in jazz today. The show will be filled out by spiritual electro-funkster Shamir and the distinctive indie folk of Philly natives (and That Mag staples) Good Old War.
Some of the usual secrecy still applies to our show, though – the place hasn’t been announced, only the fact that it’s somewhere in Center City. For more information about the overall project just click here. It’s also possible to catch up on the website and watch a video or two afterward (as with any Sofar show), sure, but – in keeping with the Sofar series’ true ideals – there’s really nothing like being there.
By, Geno Thackara