THE DUDE & HIS ABIDERS: LIVE AT DNC


The Dude & his Abiders: Live at DNC

Jeff Bridges performed live in Charlotte yesterday, Sept. 3, to help kick off the Democratic National Convention (at a concert headlined by James Taylor) – and also to help raise consciousness for his “No Kid Hungry” project to help end childhood hunger.

Story and Photos by Michael G. Plumides, Jr.

Iconic California actor Jeff Bridges brought his country-twang-cum-Cajun-rock musical stylings to Charlotte’s city center, opening for James Taylor on Monday, September 3rd for “CarolinaFest 2012.” The Labor Day festival also featured performances by The Blue Dogs, Janelle Monae, and Anthony Hamilton.  Halfway through the set, the bottom fell out of the sky (the publicist texted me last night and stated how all the gear was soaked).

Anyway, “The Dude” released a superb album in August of 2011 via Blue Note, aptly entitled Jeff Bridges and produced by T Bone Burnett. But the actor is in Charlotte for several days not necessarily to promote his music, but more to raise consciousness about his passion philanthropy, the “No Kid Hungry” project. Bridges was afforded the opportunity to meet with a number of Governors, Republicans and Democrats alike, as well as the Secretary of Agriculture to get their commitments to participate in the program that hopes to end childhood hunger in America by 2016. (Pictured below is Bridges with Democratic NC Gov. Bev Perdue.)

Bridges made an appearance on CNN yesterday and again today to promote the “No Kid Hungry” project and encourages his fellow Americans to participate or donate to the “No Kid Hungry” project.

From the website: “You are critical partners in our fight to end childhood hunger. Please help us protect nutrition programs that serve at-risk children and families. Often, they are the difference between a meal and a child going hungry.”

Between conventions, Bridges just spent several days in Nashville recording some new material for a future release. For more information, please go to www.jeffbridges.com or you may also take the pledge Jeff spoke of at http://www.nokidhungry.org 

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Look for my upcoming Jeff Bridges piece in the BLURT fall print issue with an in-depth interview and a look at the inner-workings of an event run by difficult, rude, self-important organizers – you know, interns who finally achieve a low-level position of authority.  I’ll be honest, to take a few pictures, I was abused.  Let the record show that my family has been involved with the Democratic Party for five decades and – “This aggression will not stand, man!”

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