Lucinda Williams, Talib Kweli, Jim James and Dhani Harrison have been added to the Pathway to Paris benefit concert in Los Angeles on Sept. 16, joining already confirmed artists including Patti Smith, Karen O and Flea. This show comes on the heels of the Pathway to Paris benefit concert in San Francisco to be held on Sept. 14 that featuring Bob Weir and Eric Burdon, among others
With the first concert in 2015, to coincide with the historic Paris Agreement where representatives from 196 parties worldwide agreed to take broad steps to mitigate global warming, these annual concerts now have a greater sense of urgency given President Trump's withdrawal from the agreement in 2017.
As Jesse Paris Smith, co-founder of Pathway to Paris explained in a statement "Climate change is a global concern that unites us all in a great crisis of massive urgency. There is no question that the picture of a future without its reversal, and the destructive symptoms of its exacerbation, elicit great emotions across the world, emotions that can be expressed through music and art. Music is not only a source of healing and comfort, but it is our universal language."
Singer-songwriter Patti Smith, who will be doing double duty by performing at both the San Francisco and Los Angeles shows, said in a statement "Artists are blessed with the ability to inspire and incite, but in the end, it is the people who facilitate change. Pathway to Paris brings these forces together, art and activism. Their events bring to the forefront our civic duties and the joy and possibilities of unity."
Tickets for the Pathway to Paris in Los Angles on Sept. 16 can be purchased here.