Just added Special Guests: Terry Haggerty, Legendary Sons of Champlin guitarist & Katie Skene! MHI 6th Annual Spring Benefit with Melvin Seals, David Nelson, Dan "Lebo" Lebowitz, Robin Sylvester, Paul Beaubrun, Wally Ingram, Steve Adams + Surprise Guests

Music Heals International

Music Heals International (MHI) brings music and musicians to the children of Haiti and globally to inspire achievement, resiliency, and creativity.

In collaboration with J/P Haitian Relief Organization (J/P HRO) and Little Kids Rock (LKR), Music Heals International provides free music instruction, teacher training and musical instruments to Delmas 32 youth. MHI seeks to elevate marginalized children in Haiti and elsewhere by building their ability to successfully address life’s challenges.

David Nelson

David Nelson is a founding member of the New Riders of the Purple Sage and long time musical partner of Jerry Garcia’s dating back to 1962 in the pre-Grateful Dead bluegrass band, The Wildwood Boys. Nelson was also a member of the Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band and performed on three Grateful Dead albums - Aoxomoxoa, Workingman’s Dead & American Beauty - playing the character laden electric guitar solo on Box of Rain. Nelson has also performed as a member of Phil Lesh and Friends.

Lebo (Dan Lebowitz), a founding member of ALO (Brushfire/Universal Records), tours the world playing guitar, lap steel, pedal steel and singing. When not working with ALO, he can be seen performing with one of his bands (magicgravy, Trio Lebo) or working on recording projects in his San Francisco studio, Leboland.

Robin Sylvester

Robin Sylvester, born in London, lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is best known for his work with Bob Weir & RatDog. Although primarily a bass player, he plays several instruments, including guitar and keyboards, and has also done extensive arranging.

He began his professional music career with the a capella London Boy Singers chorus in the 1950s, and worked as a sound engineer in 1960s and 1970s in all the great studios in London, including Abbey Road. Inspired by Paul McCartney to play bass, he also used early synthesizers while playing with and producing Byzantium in 1971.

While touring with Dana Gillespie, he moved to the US in 1974. Clive Davis signed his folk rock band The Movies to Arista Records, which played in NY and LA in the late 70s. As a session musician, he worked alongside Steve Douglas, backing The Beach Boys and Ry Cooder. He also played in live acts led by Marty Balin, Mary Wells, The Shirelles, The Coasters, The Drifters, Billy Preston, Christine McVie, Steve Seskin, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Freddy Fender, Del Shannon and Vince Welnick’s Missing Man Formation.

In 2003, he joined Bob Weir & RatDog and also plays occasionally with jambands Ghosts of Electricity, Melvin Seals & JGB, David Nelson & Friends, Jemimah Puddleduck and The Rubber Souldiers.

Paul Beaubrun

Born into Haitian musical royalty, Paul creates a unique and transfixing sound he calls ‘Roots/Blues’. He weaves his impeccable guitar skills, rich vocals, musical ingenuity and cultural history together, all while performing a smooth mélange of both English and Creole.

He has recently been performing alongside bands and artists such as Arcade Fire, Lauryn Hill, Sheryl Crow, Brad Paisley, David Byrne, and Maxwell. He is working closely with Jackson Browne along with several other inspiring artists including Jonathan Wilson, Habib Koite, Raul Rodriguez, Jenny Lewis and Jon Russel.

In 2015 Paul released an album titled Vilnerab, which soared directly to #1 on iTunes in the World Music category, receiving rave reviews. In 2016, He was nominated for a DORA Award by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts for Outstanding Sound Design/Composition in the production of ESPWA/ESPOIR. In 2011 Paul was the recipient of the prestigious Unesco-Aschberg Artist in Residency Scholarship in Montreal.

He is an active board member of Artists Institute/Artists for Peace and Justice – a role that allows him to further awareness of Haitian art and culture, along with promoting the incredible talent of Haiti’s youth.

Melvin Seals

Melvin Seals has been a powerful presence in the music industry for over 30 years with a long-established reputation as a performer, recording artist and producer. Melvin is most revered for his powerful, high-spirited, Hammond B-3 organ, and keyboards in the Jerry Garcia Band. Melvin spun his B-3 magic with the Jerry Garcia Band for 18 years and in doing so helped pioneer and define what has now become "Jam Band Music". From blues to funk to rock to jazz, Melvin Seals serves up a tasty mix with a little R&B and gospel thrown in to spice things up.

Wally Ingram

Drummer / percussionist, performing/Appearing on releases since 1992

On tour with: Eric Burdon, Tracy Chapman, Crowded House, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Anders Osborne
Recordings (and partially also touring) with: See Band Members + Sheryl Crow, Stoppok, Eric McFadden, David Lindley, Dave Schools, Jerry Joseph, Earl Thomas, Pat MacDonald, Common Sense, John Trudell,

Terry Haggerty

Guitarist Terry Haggerty is buried treasure. As guitarist with the Sons of Champlin, Haggerty was always accorded the full respect of his peers on the '60s San Francisco rock scene like Jerry Garcia, Jorma Kaukonen, Carlos Santana. He has been known -- throughout the world -- among guitar cognoscenti via the handful of recordings he made over the two decades of the Sons' existence. Some of his demo tapes have attracted intense interest inside the industry over the years. But even now he remains something of an unknown, a titan hiding in the hills, a legend waiting to be discovered.

At the heart of it all -- both his legend and his obscurity -- lies his insistence on music for music's sake. Try as he might -- and over the years, rest assured, he has tried -- Terry Haggerty cannot corrupt himself. He is, uniquely and inexorably, himself. "Harmonically, I hear things that are out and emotionally, that's where I'm at," said Haggerty, "I've tried to stay as true to what comes through me as I can. I'm never going to take this stuff inside me and modify it to make money. Not because I don't need money, but because the music itself is such a wonderful, profound gift."

He lives modestly in a storage and rehearsal facility near San Rafael, California, the dead center of Marin County, where Haggerty grew up and entered the professional musical world as a member of the Opposite Six, a bad-ass band of Marin r&b rebels that eventually became the Sons of Champlin

His parents were musical. His Cuban mother, who grew up childhood friends with salsa great Celia Cruz, came to this country to sing and dance with Desi Arnaz (she later worked with famed aerialists the Flying Wallendas). His father was a busy studio musician who played on Dorsey records when the boy singer was some kid named Frank Sinatra. "There were these jam sessions when we were kids," he said, "that went on for days with all these cats that came up from L.A."

Out of this creative childhood, only strengthened through his many years with the uncompromising Sons, Haggerty has honed himself as an instinctual artist, not a craftsman. He doesn't do session playing. He turned down an offer to play with Barbra Streisand in the '70s. He doesn't play in dance bands. He does what he does wherever he can and keeps busy with other important parts of his life like the mushroom collecting.

This is a musician who said he likes to compose on keyboards because -- get this -- "that keeps my guitar playing free of anything intentful, more of a statement of the now."
Every so often, he forgets or agrees out of an impulse to please someone and accepts an invitation to a session, like the recent experience with Chris Isaak. ~What drives everybody crazy about me," he said, "is that I never play anything the same way twice. I don't even think that way. There's not a bone in my body that way."

So whether or not the world at large ever discovers the inter-planetary significance of Terry Haggerty doesn't matter. He is a fully realized artist operating at the peak of his human powers on occasion -- "I can do anything on any level," he said, "it's just indefinable as to what kind of music it is" -- and that is his earthly goal. As for the rest of the world, well, it won't be his loss.

--Joel Selvin
San Francisco Chronicle Pop Music Critic, author Summer of Love

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