Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds performed to an ecstatic audience at a sold-out benefit concert on behalf of the Jane Goodall Institute last Thursday night.
The veteran musicians played at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., to commemorate Gombe 50: a global celebration of Jane Goodall’s pioneering chimpanzee research and inspiring vision for our future.
Matthews made his entrance with his arm around Dr. Goodall, drawing enthusiastic cheers. Jane spoke briefly, reminding the crowd that it was time to stop stealing a healthy environmental future from today’s young generations.
Matthews played much of his famed repertoire during the 2 1/2-hour show and regaled the audience with stories between songs. He also spoke of his admiration for Jane and how he can’t even hear her speak without becoming emotional. Reynolds, Matthews’ longtime friend and collaborator, showcased his extraordinary guitar skills while accompanying Matthews. On more than one occasion, Reynolds’ solo acoustic numbers brought the crowd to their feet.
A few times during the evening, Matthews stopped playing and urged audience members to make a donation via text message to support JGI’s work. This event launched JGI’s first-ever text fundraising campaign.
The year 2010 marks a monumental milestone for JGI and its founder, Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE. Fifty years ago, Goodall, who is today a world-renowned primatologist, conservationist and UN Messenger of Peace, first set foot on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, in what is now Tanzania’s Gombe National Park. The chimpanzee behavioral research she pioneered there has produced a wealth of scientific discovery, and her vision has expanded into a global mission to empower people to make a difference for all living things.
Check back in the next couple of days for photos of the concert.
Photo by Franmarie Metzler
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