LL Cool J, Gretchen Rhodes, Mick Fleetwood and Lukas Nelson are among several artists performing in the #MauiStrong livestream event benefiting those impacted by the Maui wildfires.
The event, hosted by KCRW’s Elvis Mitchell and Jimmy Jam, will be streamed live Sept. 8 at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on Ziggy Marley’s YouTube channel. Other celebrities participating include Marley, Benny Uyetake, Fred Armisen, Gretchen Rhodes, Kai Lenny, Matthew Pinfield, Nathaniel Rateliff, Ryan Bingham, Sarah McLachlan, Skunk Baxter, Slim Jim Phantom, Stewart Copeland and Uncle George Kahumoku Jr.
All funds raised will support the Maui Strong Fund, which provides recovery aid for people and areas devastated by the Maui wildfires, and MusiCares, an organization that supports the music community through preventive, emergency, and recovery programs.
According to the event’s press release, “The livestream will cast a spotlight on stories of local heroism and the rich history and challenges of Lahaina and the wider Maui community.” It will also feature eight segments “blending art, music and storytelling, including a Hawaiian Blessing with Lei‘Ohu Ryder, cultural presentations involving hula and mele, and a “Drums for Maui” segment.
The event is produced by Rolling Live Studios and Licorice Pizza Records, in collaboration with Shiny Penny Productions, Riverstreet Productions and YouTube Music.
At the beginning of August, more than 100 people were killed and thousands of homes and buildings were destroyed when a wildfire swept across the island of Maui. The historic Lahaina Town was particularly devastated, bringing most of the area to ash. At the time, experts said the fire had been fueled by drought and winds from a passing hurricane.
Fleetwood’s restaurant in Lahaina, Fleetwood’s on Front St., was among the structures destroyed in the fires, the musician announced on social media last month.