Minneapolis, MN (February 29, 2008)–Electro-Voice has produced a new three-CD charity complication, Musicians for Minneapolis: 57 Songs for the I-35W Bridge Disaster Relief Effort, to benefit families and survivors of last August’s tragedy. A full 100 percent of the proceeds raised will be donated to the Minnesota Helps: Bridge Disaster Fund. The compilation features both released and unreleased tracks from Los Lobos, Dick Dale, Steve Vai, DJ Spooky, Howe Gelb, Sparklehorse, Calexico, Les Claypool, Joey DeFrancesco, Jim Lauderdale, Joe Bonamassa, George Clinton, Lee Scratch Perry, and many more.
“In keeping with the Bosch tradition of philanthropy, we decided to turn this well-meaning concern into charitable action, inviting friends of Electro-Voice from across all musical genres to participate in a benefit CD project,” said Bosch Communications Systems vice president, Americas, Tom Hansen. “We’ve also partnered with major music retailers and hope to make a significant financial contribution to the relief fund. Electro-Voice (EV) has been a part of America’s musical community for 80 years, so it’s great to see such a wide range of artists join forces to support EV’s local community in a time of need.”
In tandem with the release of Musicians for Minneapolis: 57 Songs for the I-35W Bridge Disaster Relief Effort, Electro-Voice will also be launching a celebrity memorabilia charity auction for the same cause, which includes two signed Les Paul guitars from Ozzy Osbourne/Black Label Society guitar phenom Zakk Wylde, a Dean bass signed by all members of Megadeth, a custom Minarik Dick Dale flame guitar, and an Ibanez guitar signed by guitar virtuoso Steve Vai, among other items to be listed in upcoming days at the CD’s website.
The benefit originates from Electro-Voice’s historic and current artist endorsement program and the global philanthropic efforts of its parent company, Robert Bosch North America LLC, a division of Bosch. The company is also planning an official CD launch party in Minneapolis featuring national artists from the CD compilation.
Musicians for Minneapolis: 57 Songs for the I-35W Bridge Disaster Relief Effort