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Donovan & Friends Perform Benefit Concert for David Lynch Foundation

March 15, 2010

Donovan headlines benefit concert on March 19

Proceeds to benefit Transcendental Meditation program

Legendary folk-rock-pop troubadour Donovan, known for hits such as “Mellow Yellow,” “Sunshine Superman,” “Hurdy Gurdy Man” and more, will headline a benefit concert for the David Lynch Foundation on Friday, March 19 at the El Rey Theater.

Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $110 for VIP seating and a meet and greet with Donovan after the show, and can be purchased through Ticketmaster.

“The Beatles and I brought back from India the lost art of meditation,” Donovan said. “Now, with David Lynch, we pass it on to thousands of students worldwide. Join us to help save the world.”

He will be joined by his daughter Astrella Celeste and backing band Jerry Vivino, Scott Healy and Mike Merritt from the Conan O’Brien late night band, Danny Saber on guitar with special guests Jack Maness from Sublime, The Global Sound Lodge featuring Lanny Cordola and Matt Sorum of Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver and The Cult, Amrita Sen and more.

Matthew St. Patrick, from Six Feet Under, will host the evening performances.

The El Rey Theater is located at 5515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles 90036.

About Donovan
Donovan was one of the few artists to collaborate on songs with Beatles Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison. Donovan has played with folk greats Pete Seeger, Joan Baez and Bob Dylan, as well as rock musicians Jimmy Page, Jon Bonham and John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin, Jeff Beck, and Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones.

Recently Donovan completed the successful album “Beat Cafe” as well as a new box set, “Try For The Sun: The Journey of Donovan,” and a book, “The Autobiography of Donovan: The Hurdy Gurdy Man” (Arrow Books).

Donovan is now heading up the musical wing of the David Lynch Foundation, fulfilling his 40-year interest in Transcendental Meditation. Donovan, his wife Linda, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are currently promoting Transcendental Meditation in schools.

About The David Lynch Foundation
The David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace was founded in July 2005 by award-winning filmmaker David Lynch with the immediate goal of teaching one million at-risk youth to meditate. The foundation has already provided more than 100,000 scholarships for students to learn the Transcendental Meditation technique, as well as inmates and guards in prisons, formerly homeless men in re-entry programs, soldiers with PTSD returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, and American Indians suffering from diabetes.

Sources: The David Lynch Foundation & David Lynch Foundation Television

DONOVAN to Perform Free Online Benefit Concert

January 22, 2010


Donovan will be giving a concert at Munich’s Cuvilliés Theater as the start of his activities on the Social Web; the performance will be streamed live on

Donovan is inviting fans and the online community to watch his sold-out concert live on the Internet this Sunday. He will perform his hit songs and cult classics as well as showcasing songs from his new work RITUAL GROOVE as a run up to his forthcoming world tour 2010/2011. Special guest will be talented musician Claudia Koreck, one of the hottest newcomers in Germany.

The show will be streamed live Sunday, January 24, at 8:30 p.m. CET worldwide thanks to the professional live streaming technology and video production of TV1.EU, and a true broadband connection by BT, British Telecom. This World Wide Charity Concert is to benefit ‘Schools Without Stress’ (Germany). Also see DLF.TV, and the David Lynch Foundation.

The Link to the Live Stream will be on Donovan’s new Website News of the free live webcast concert is also on Donovan’s Facebook and Twitter pages. His fans just love the idea of streaming the concert! &

“Donovan fans worldwide now have the opportunity to take part in an extraordinary concert experience directly from their computers at home. While watching the concert Donovan’s Online Friends can share their experience on facebook or twitter”, says Monty C. M. Metzger, CEO of the Social Media Marketing Agency, Ahead of Time.

This “Social Media for Social Activism” musical event will support the charity project “Schule ohne Stress” (Schools without Stress) and will increase awareness about the positive effects of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique on creativity, intelligence, brain functioning and academic performance.

The legendary folk-rock pop troubadour Donovan began his career as an itinerant folk musician and created acoustic hits like Catch The Wind, Colours, Mellow Yellow, and Buffy Saint Marie’s Universal Soldier.  Other megahits include Jennifer Juniper, Sunshine Superman, Hurdy Gurdy Man, Season of the Witch, There is a Mountain, Atlantis, and other beautiful songs, which appeared on later albums, like Sutras, produced by Rick Rubin.

Dr. Donovan Leitch is a Green-Activist and received a Doctor of Letters from the University of Hertfordshire, an honorary medal as “Officer of Arts & Letters” by the French government, and was named BMI Icon in 2009.

Donovan was one of the few artists to collaborate on songs with the Beatles, contributing lyrics and vocals to the song Yellow Submarine. Donovan influenced Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and George Harrison in their guitar styles, and during his career played with folk music greats Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, and Bob Dylan, as well as rock musicians Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin and Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones.

This is Donovan’s first global World Wide Web performance—a musical historic event. The concert is sold out! Viewers wishing to join Team DONOVAN and make a donation are invited to visit Donations start from 1 Euro!

Video on the David Lynch Foundation

September 22, 2009

How David’s Foundation Started

This 3 minute video premiered at the “Change Begins Within” benefit concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on April 4th, 2009. The video provides a compelling introduction to the purpose and goal of the David Lynch Foundation, which is to provide scholarships for one million at-risk youth to meditate—students who are struggling to learn and live in an atmosphere of intense stress, disease, and violence.

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