Timeless rock stars The Moody Blues are paying it forward throughout their Voyage 2011 Precious Cargo tour by teaming up with Ear Candy Charity to host a week-long Instrument Drive® to support Conroe Independent School District. Throughout the week of April 22 – 29, community members can donate a new or slightly used instrument at two area fire stations and The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (locations and times detailed below). These instruments will benefit music students at Washington Junior High School in Conroe. There also will be a special collection the night of the show at the venue.
Fans of The Moody Blues who have yet to purchase their tickets for the concert can take advantage of a Buy One Get One Free ticket offer by donating an instrument. Limit one free ticket with the purchase of another ticket of equal value to The Moody Blues concert April 29 at The Pavilion. This offer is only available at The Pavilion Box Office April 22-29 and does not apply to previously purchased tickets.
The Moody Blues know that the benefits of music education in the lives of children are undeniable, yet in these troubling economic times, budgets for music education are being slashed. To address these shortfalls, Ear Candy Charity created Instrument Drives® to collect slightly used instruments for children who otherwise cannot afford them. Individuals donate instruments at donation sites, and the instruments are placed in the hands of low income students in the community. The “Journey of the Instrument” is completed when the original donor is notified of the school or program where the instrument they donated has been placed. A tax receipt will be provided for instrument donors.
In addition to encouraging instrument donations, The Moody Blues is offering two exclusive VIP packages which include an intimate Storytellers experience, a Moody Blues merchandise package, and a pair of premium tickets to the show. The packages are available via online auction to support Ear Candy Charity’s mission of providing youth access to music education. Supporters are encouraged to visit MoodyBluesToday.com or EarCandyCharity.org to learn how and where to donate an instrument, bid on a VIP package, purchase tickets to the show, or make a financial contribution. For more information on The Moody Blues, including VIP ticket packages, merchandise, news and more visit www.MoodyBluesToday.com.
The Moody Blues -- guitarist/vocalist Justin Hayward, bassist/vocalist John Lodge and drummer Graeme Edge -- have sold in excess of 70 million albums worldwide and have been awarded an astonishing 14 platinum and gold discs. The band’s incredible roster of hits includes: “Nights In White Satin,” “Tuesday Afternoon,” “Ride My See Saw,” “The Story In Your Eyes,” “Isn’t Life Strange,” “Question,” “I’m Just A Singer (In A Rock And Roll Band),” “Your Wildest Dreams,” and “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere,” to name a few. The Moody Blues’ No. 1, Top 5, Top 10, Top 20, Top 40, Multi-Platinum, Platinum and Gold albums and singles have generated sold-out tours on a consistent basis over the course of several decades, making the group one of the top-grossing album and touring bands in existence.
The Moodies’ legendary hit “Nights In White Satin,” originally released in 1967 from their landmark “Days Of Future Passed” album, recently landed at #2 on the UK Rock Chart, and at #27 on the BBC Radio 1 chart, making it the fourth time that “Nights” has charted in its 40-plus year history. The song’s resurgence ignited from a recent smash cover performance by Matt Cardle, current winner of Simon Cowell’s hit UK show “The X Factor” (check out Cardle’s performance of the song at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUTGJN9qCnc).
Donation Sites and Times
1.) The Woodlands Central Fire Station, 9951 Grogan’s Mill Road, The Woodlands, TX 77380
2.) The Woodlands Fire Station #5, 10100 Branch Crossing Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77382
3.) The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Box Office, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77380 (Mon.-Fri. from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and until 8:30 p.m. the night of the concert)
Note: The Buy One Get One Free ticket offer for the donation of an instrument is only available at The Pavilion Box Office April 22-29.
About Ear Candy Charity
Ear Candy Charity is based in Phoenix, AZ, and is devoted to Providing Youth Access to Music Education. We fulfill our mission through Instrument Drives®, Backstage Class® field trips and Community Partnerships. In 2010, we impacted well over 10,000 youth in Arizona while actively expanding our sustainable, community driven model. To learn more please visit: www.EarCandyCharity.ORG