The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) defends the fundamental rights outlined in the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. These include the right to freedom of speech and assembly, the right to religious freedom, due process of law, equality before the law, and the right to privacy. The ACLU of Southern California affiliate has led the charge in some of the most critical events in our nation’s history including advocating for the thousands of interned innocent Japanese Americans during World War II, an unflinching support of Americans' First Amendment rights during the McCarthy era, staunch opposition to the Vietnam War, encouraging Nixon's impeachment, and establishing the concept of an Economic Bill of Rights. We continue to advocate for no less than a nation that lives up to its promise of liberty and justice for all. Stand for justice.
Lead Singer of Matchbox Twenty
After three Grammys and over 80 million albums sold, it's safe to say Rob Thomas is one of the most successful songwriters of the last decade. As the singer of Matchbox Twenty, whose seminal 1996 album Yourself or Someone Like You has become a classic of alternative rock, Rob fronted one of the biggest rock acts of the '90s. He has also led an accomplished solo career. "Smooth," a collaboration with guitarist Santana, won the 1999 Grammy for Song of the Year and ranks #1 on Billboard's Top Hot 100 Rock Songs of all time. In 2004 Rob was presented the first ever "Starlight Award" from the Songwriters Hall of Fame, given to young songwriters who have already made a significant contribution to music.
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Earning a massive grassroots following with their infectious sound and underlying message of positivity, 311 has sold over 9 million albums. The band from Omaha, which fuses rock with hip-hop and reggae grooves, is made up of Nick Hexum, SA Martinez, Tim Mahoney, Chad Sexton and P-Nut. 311 have released eleven studio albums. 9 of their albums have reached the Top 10 on Billboard's Top 200 Album Chart and nine of their singles have reached the Top 10 on Billboard's Alternative-Rock Radio Chart (including the #1 singles Down, Love Song & Don't Tread On Me, Amber, All Mixed Up, Come Original, Creatures For Awhile, Hey You and Sunset in July). Singer Nick Hexum ends each show with the words, “Stay positive and love your life.”
Unlike many of their contemporaries, 98 Degrees was no cookie-cutter boy band. The group formed all on their own, with no label bigwig or record exec pulling the strings, and they personally wrote most of their own music. Consisting of singers Nick and Drew Lachey, Justin Jeffre, and Jeff Timmons, the quartet first broke through in 1997 when they signed with Motown Records (a testament to the band’s R&B legitimacy) and soon delivered a successful self-titled debut album. The band’s second album, “98 Degrees and Rising,” solidified them as a leader in the pop-R&B sound of the early 2000s. Powered by massive hit singles like “Because of You” and “The Hardest Thing,” the album would go on to be certified 4x platinum. In 2012, 98 Degrees reunited for a one-time performance at the Mixtape Festival in Hershey, PA, which eventually led to a brand new album. Last summer the boys turned up the heat once again for the first ever MY2K Tour, with guests Ryan Cabrera, O-Town, and Dream. This winter they will be embarking on their 98 Degrees At Christmas Holiday tour with a new Holiday record.
Aaron Carter is a singer, actor, and dancer who became one of pop music’s most recognizable teen idols in the late ‘90s and early 2000s. Performing since he was just 7 years old, Aaron hit worldwide stardom after opening for his brother Nick Carter and The Backstreet Boys. His second album, “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It),” sold three million copies and was certified platinum three times over. In 2001, he followed up his success with “Oh Aaron,” which reached #7 on the Billboard 200. After several years of one-off performances, in 2015 Aaron announced he had begun work on his highly anticipated fifth studio album, “LØVË.”
After wowing the world during his time on American Idol, Adam Lambert released his debut album ‘For Your Entertainment’ which saw him get his first Grammy nomination. His second album 'Trespassing' broke records as he became the first ‘out’ artist to hit number 1 on the Billboard chart in the US, and his latest album ’The Original High’ was a top 3 worldwide album which took his career sales to over 3 million and was supported by a worldwide tour. Adam's side by side career as Queen’s lead singer has seen him tour the world with the legendary British band garnering rave reviews worldwide.
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Ronald McDonald House + The Gray Foundation
The band Against Me! began as an anarchist solo act in Gainesville, Florida in 1997. A few years later, after transforming into a traditional four-piece and establishing themselves as a driving force in the punk scene, Against Me! has elevated their musical success with the collaboration of vocalist Laura Jane Grace, guitarist James Bowman, bassist Inge Johansson, and drummer Atom Willard. After the release of their album “White Crosses,” vocalist Grace went through an intense soul-searching phase and eventually decided to transition, going public with the gender dysphoria she had been dealing with since childhood, with the release of the band’s sixth album, “Transgender Dysphoria Blues,” which was met with critical and commercial acclaim. In 2017, Against Me! can be seen touring in countries across Europe and major cities across the U.S.
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Alan & Marilyn Bergman
Few American lyricists have experienced the sustained success of Alan and Marilyn Bergman. Married for over 60 years and writing music together for over 50, the duo has created themes to numerous acclaimed TV shows, musicals, and films. Their original compositions have been sung by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett, and Fred Astaire. Alan and Marilyn have won three Academy Awards for Best Original Song, including for 1974’s “The Way We Were" made famous by Barbra Streisand. It was ranked No. 8 on AFI's list of the top 100 greatest songs in American cinema. In 1980 they were inducted together into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame.
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Alexander Jean is the moniker of BC Jean and Mark Ballas, a singer-songwriter duo from Los Angeles. The latter is a musician and two-time champion on “Dancing with the Stars,” and the former famously wrote Beyonce’s hit single “If I Were A Boy.” Together, Alexander Jean is making some of the most sincere music in pop today. The group recently released their debut EP “Head High,” which opened at number one on the iTunes chart. Their first single, the power pop ballad “Roses and Violets,” hit number one on the same chart and landed in the Top 20 on Billboard’s Hot 100 “Bubbling Under” chart. This summer they’ll wrap up their highly successful Head High tour.
Singer, Song-Writer, & Producer
Alicia Keys is a 15-time Grammy® Award-winning singer, songwriter, and producer, a New York Times best-selling author, an entrepreneur and a powerful force in the world of philanthropy and in the global fight against HIV and AIDS. On November 4th, 2016, Keys released her powerful and critically-acclaimed new sixth studio album, HERE, on RCA Records. Keys became a Coach on NBC’s The Voice for its 11th season and returned as a Coach on the hit show’s 12th season with Gwen Stefani, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. As a devoted and influential activist, in September 2014, Keys launched We Are Here, a movement that empowers the global community around a host of issues and initiatives building a better world where all people are heard, respected, equal, and treated with dignity. Alicia is also the co-founder of Keep a Child Alive (KCA), a non-profit organization that partners with grass-roots organizations to combat the physical, social, and economic impact of HIV on children, their families and their communities in Africa and India.
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On July 18, 2015, over two dozen of rock’s most accomplished musicians gathered for one epic night of music. The All-Star Jam rocked the Redballs Rock And Roll Pizza in Los Angeles with performances from Bon Jovi guitarist Phil X, former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza, Ace Frehley drummer Matt Starr, original Anthrax vocalist Neil Turbin, Dennis DeYoung guitarist August Zadra, and more. Money was raised for the Rock Against MS Foundation, helping to provide daily care, quality of life needs, and emergency funding for people with multiple sclerosis.
ALT 98.7 Summer Camp Concert
The third annual ALT 98.7 Summer Camp Concert kicks off on August 19, 2017, at the famous Queen Mary Events Park in Long Beach, CA. Featuring the most talked-about new artists from indie rock to electronic, this year’s event brings together performances from Foster The People, The Head And The Heart, HAIM, Bleachers, Lord Huron, Sir Sly, Vance Joy, Magic Giant, Youngr and Beth Ditto.
A multimedia powerhouse, Angie Martinez is the reigning queen of radio and quickly becoming an empire in her own right. With nearly 20 years of on-air experience, the Power 105.1 host is also a New York Times best selling author, actress, television host, recording artist, brand spokesperson and activist for youth and health awareness.
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PitCCh In Foundation
Ani DiFranco is a Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and feminist icon. Since the early ‘90s, she has written and played songs at intimate shows, attracting a loyal fan base through word of mouth. She has also become an indie hero, having founded her own company Righteous Babe to distribute her songs and to retain her creative freedom. Over the last 25 years, Ani has released more than 20 studio albums. Many of her songs confront racism (“Trickle Down”) and address topics including gun control (“In or Out”) and sexual freedom. Outside of her music, Ani is a dedicated activist, supporting causes ranging from abortion access to gay rights.
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Few teen stars emerge from their early successes as self-driven and naturally gifted as Ariana Grande. After breaking out as Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon show “Victorious” (and its spinoff “Sam & Cat”), Ariana found her calling as a pop diva. And what a voice it is — and when synced with her blend of electronic dance music and contemporary soul, they put fans into a dance frenzy. Last year Ariana’s second album, “My Everything,” spent 34 continuous weeks in the top ten of Billboard Hot 100 and had the most Top 10 singles of any artist in 2014.
Auckland City Limits
Auckland City Limits is the colorful, Kiwi-version of Austin City Limits. The annual concert festival has become the largest music event in New Zealand, bringing performances from a diverse range of indie rock, hip hop, and electronic artists. Last year’s lineup featured heavy hitters like Grace Jones, Beck, Justice, Phoenix, Future, Car Seat Headrest, and dozens more. The 2019 Auckland City Limits festival will kick off at historic Western Springs Stadium sometime early next year with a highly anticipated lineup.
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