Do you remember that feel good 1985 song "We Are the World," which was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie and performed by a huge group of well-known musicians? I hated that song. Sure, the charity single was for a good cause — to aid relief efforts in Ethiopia — but despite the diverse lineup, the music sounded muddled and homogeneous. There wasn't even an African drum in the whole song. The Tampa Bay World Peace Concert won't fall into that same trap. The event features two concerts — one for children and the other for adults — and showcases the talents of a range of award-winning artists like Lakota flute player Kevin Locke, Canadian composer Jack Lenz and opera singer Holly Stell. Following each concert, attendees can meet with a wide range of nonprofit representatives, artists and guest speakers in an informal setting to learn more about the issues of world poverty, female empowerment, the environment and Tampa's role in the larger goal of world peace.
This fundraiser supports Character Development of Tampa Bay (a nonprofit interfaith, social and economic development organization) and is held in memory of Sarah Jordan-Holmes, who dedicated most of her career to leading nonprofit groups before losing a two-year battle with cancer earlier this month. Sat., July 29, 3 p.m. children's concert ($6.50-$10 children/$12.95-$15 parents), 6 p.m. adult concert ($32-$35), Centro Asturiano, 1913 N. Nebraska Ave., Ybor City, 866-462-2838, www.characterdevelopment.org.