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NEW YORK, NY – February 26, 2021 – Legendary producer & Hall of Fame songwriter Linda Perry is set to curate and perform at the upcoming two-day Rock ‘N’ Relief: Drive-Thru Concert Series (& Live Stream) at L.A. City and CORE’s (Community Organized Relief Effort) mass vaccination site at Dodger Stadium, on March 5th and 6th. The concert series aims to provide live entertainment to the community, in the safety of their cars, while they wait to receive the vaccine.
Hosted by DJ Kat Corbett of SiriusXM and KROQ, the lineup will feature live performances from artists like, DJ Adam Bravin (of She Wants Revenge), Macy Gray, Willa Amai, Juliette Lewis, Donita Sparks of L7 & Friends, Linda Perry, Pete Molinari, Kevin Bacon, Silversun Pickups and more. Additionally, the series will include pre recorded performances from artists across the globe like Carly Simon w/ David Saw, Foo Fighters, Deadmau5, Gavin Rossdale, Pete Yorn, James Blunt, Jewel, Tracy Bonham, Sheryl Crow and, Sammy Hagar.
This two-day live stream will benefit CORE’s life-saving programs, in addition to providing entertainment onsite for their dedicated staff and for people coming to Dodger Stadium to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Founded by Sean Penn and Ann Lee, CORE is a non-profit organization dedicated to crisis response. CORE and its partners have been working tirelessly on the frontlines – without federal government aid – to provide equitable access to free testing and vaccines across Los Angeles for the past year.
“Our critical mission within this moment of the pandemic is to provide equitable relief services to our local community, and we rely on donations to continue our efforts,” said CORE’s Co-Founder and CEO, Ann Lee. “We are thrilled that Linda Perry has curated such an amazing group of artists to support our cause and bring comfort and joy to the people visiting Dodger Stadium for vaccinations.”
Dodger Stadium previously served as the largest free COVID-19 testing site in the United States, operated by CORE and its partners L.A. City, LAFD and LA County. Dodger Stadium is currently serving as the largest vaccination site in the U.S., providing an average of 8,000 vaccines daily, with the capacity to administer up to 12,000 vaccines per day pending vaccine supply.
The concert series will also benefit CORE’s mobile vaccination program, which brings access to the vaccine directly to communities who need it most across Los Angeles. The mobile vaccination program targets low-income communities of color that have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. By providing direct access within the community and offering on-site registration, CORE and partners are working to combat disparities in health equity as it relates to vaccine distribution and COVID-19 testing.
“As a mother and fellow member of this community, I wanted to do something to lift spirits and send a positive message of hope and humanity to all the healthcare workers and those on the front lines, as well as raise awareness and funds to support CORE and their relief efforts,” said event producer and longtime CORE supporter Linda Perry. “When I first put the word out, many jumped on board to contribute; we had over 150 bands submit to play. We are pleased to announce that California Love Drop and Monty’s Good Burger will provide food and beverages to workers. The stage, lighting, sound system, and video wall have been generously donated by our friends at Harman. Our goal is to do everything we can to thank CORE and the self-sacrificing people who keep us safe during this unprecedented crisis.”
The concert will be broadcasted through a special partnership with Amazon Music via their native app and Twitch channel with some exciting bells and whistles, including an Alexa Easter egg. Amazon Music will also collaborate with Rolling Stone and YouTube to further the reach of this timeless event.
“We are extremely overwhelmed by the level of support we are getting from these rebel artists who are generously donating their time and so grateful for the backing from the biggest players in the media space. Can’t wait to get the word out and provide much needed funding for CORE while entertaining and lifting the spirits of the nation,” says Perry.
Every necessary safety measure and precaution will be enforced to ensure all CDC guidelines on COVID-19 safety are met. There will be no meet and greets or backstage passes will be allowed or accommodated. Artists will be following the same regulations as those coming to the site for their vaccine appointments, by staying in their respective vehicles until their performance time. All equipment and instruments will be extensively sanitized between each set to ensure the highest standard of safety protocols.
CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort) is a nonprofit organization co-founded by Sean Penn and Ann Lee that is dedicated to saving lives and strengthening communities affected by or vulnerable to crisis. Within hours of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Penn mobilized a powerful network to take immediate action. More than 11 years later, CORE continues to lead sustainable programs focused on four pillars: emergency relief, disaster preparedness, environmental resilience, and community building. The organization has expanded beyond Haiti to support communities in The Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and the United States. Amid theCOVID-19 pandemic, CORE has been operating free testing sites across the country alongside local partners, providing essential resources and contact tracing services as well as part of its integrated “CORE 8” approach to combat the pandemic. In 2021, CORE is working with its partners nationwide to ensure equitable distribution of vaccines as they become available to the communities the organization serves.
For more information about CORE, please visit www.coreresponse.org/covid-19 and follow CORE on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.