Indiana Welcomes a Hawaiian Native
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June 13th, 2008 – by: tropiksun
After almost 5 days straight of perfect 80-degree sunshine the Friday morning skies were flooded with clouds and the rain was coming down steadily. Talk about “raining on my parade.” So as I was leaving work I checked the satellite radar and as I suspected…. 90% chance of severe thunderstorms loomed on the forecast. My spirit was not broken, I survived last weekends Eric Clapton concert in which we had a major down pour and I was ready to do it again for Jack.
Around Noon the first of my family and friends who were arriving from out of town arrived, and the rest followed shortly after. No one was thrilled about standing in the rain for the rest of the evening but we headed to the venue with high hopes.
Upon arriving we set up camp and started pouring the drinks.
As the night came to a close, he took the stage one last time, for a 3 song solo encore. After satisfying an amazing crowd, he shared a few words with Noblesville, Indiana. He brought to our attention that he was well aware of devastation that was occurring to our state due to the severe flooding of the recent weeks. For those of you reading this who are not aware of the condition of Indiana as of the past week, our government declared one third of our state a National Disaster Zone. The southern counties have suffered from extreme flooding, collapsed levees, and broken dams.
Being the avid environmentalist that he is, Jack Johnson announced to the crowd that he was donating all of the profits and proceeds of that night’s event to the Red Cross to help with the flood relief! His generosity inspired the evening's loudest ovation.
As if organizing his tour to leave as little a carbon footprint as possible by using biodiesel to fuel his tour bus, offering fans who arrive in hybrids or carpools of 4 or more Preferred Parking, prohibiting venues from printing flyers to promote his shows, purchasing his food on tour from local farmers, and only allowing “green” friendly sponsors at his shows wasn’t enough, he surrendered approximately $500,000-$750,000 to help those in need.
At the beginning of this blog I commented that there was something that set Jack Johnson’s concerts apart from the rest I have been fortunate enough to attend, after Friday night’s show I realized exactly what that “something” was. Jack truly enjoys what he does and it is very apparent while he is on stage.
I wonder if he sees the same thing his fans do when he looks in the mirror.
On behalf of Indiana, USA Thank you Jack!
For more on Jack Johnson please visit his site http://www.jackjohnson.com
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