Arizona artists and music legends unite to benefit Indigenous students
This Saturday marks the second annual installment of the Dream Concert. This is a star-studded online performance benefiting the Native American Scholarship Fund at Verde Valley School. Reports from Ryan Heinsius of KNAU.
In 1990, famous singer-songwriter Jackson Browne established the Scholarship Fund to provide tuition and other support for Indigenous students at the Verde Valley School. He has given concerts in Sedona with Neil Young, Bonnie Raitt and many other legendary artists. Last year it rebooted the Advantage as a virtual show, and this year’s episode features Browne himself with Cyndi Lauper, Shawn Colvin, Taj Mahal, and many more.
Several Arizona artists have also contributed, including Sihasin, Calexico and singer-songwriter Nolan McKelvey, who performs his new song “Forward.”
“I’ve always admired the concert and all the fundraising they’ve done for it for so long. They really do a lot to support Native Americans especially in this area, and so I was just fine that I didn’t. don’t have a personal connection to school, i admire what they do, ”says McKelvey.
Jackson Browne told KNAU last year that he selects artists for the Dream Concert because they inspire reflection and contemplation. The show airs online Saturday on mandolin.com.