The James River Jam, an event subtitled "A night of music, a world of change," will bring a crowd of big-name musicians to Busch Gardens Williamsburg on Nov. 11. The list of stars playing the fund-raising concert includes Don Felder, John Oates, J.D. Souther and Sam Bush.
Felder is a guitarist who played on many of The Eagles' biggest hits. Oates is half of the hit-making pop duo Hall and Oates. Souther is a singer-songwriter whose credits include co-writing "Best of My Love" and "Heartache Tonight" for The Eagles. Sam Bush is an open-minded bluegrass player who explored new musical territory with the New Grass Revival.
In addition, the show will feature Joe Don Rooney, guitarist with the band Rascal Flatts; Jerry Eubanks, formerly of Marshall Tucker Band; and Joe Horowitz, a musician and professional golfer.
The event will benefit Achievable Dream Academies, the Eastern Congo Initiative and the Folds of Honor Foundation.
Actor Ben Affleck, founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative, will make an a video appearance at the event.
In an e-mail message, Amanda Johnson, director of communications for Orion Air Group, said the concert will take place at the Busch Gardens’ Royal Palace Theatre. The three charities are organizations dedicated to improving educational opportunities for children and young adults.
"Event organizers chose the Veterans Day holiday in honor of the local military living and working in the area," her message explained. "A portion of the tickets being produced for the concert will be provided to local military bases for complimentary admission to the James River Jam."
Courtesy of Johnson, here are descriptions of the three charities that will benefit from James River Jam:
An Achievable Dream Academy, located in Newport News, provides at-risk, K-12 students a quality education in a nurturing environment. These students, at risk of failure due to socioeconomic factors, thrive under a curriculum that challenges them and raises the level of expectations they have for themselves and others.
Folds of Honor Foundation, headquartered in Owasso, Oklahoma, wants to rally our nation to ensure that no family gets left behind in the fight to preserve American freedom. They provide scholarships and other assistance to the spouses and children of soldiers killed or disabled in service to our country.
Eastern Congo Initiative, founded by Ben Affleck, is the first U.S. based advocacy and grant making initiative focused on working with and for the people of the eastern Congo. ECI provides grants and assistance to local, community based organizations dedicated to economic and social development, including the education of former child soldiers and rape victims.