The Mavericks – Rajant World Music Benefit for C.H.O.P.

Thursday, October 26, 2023
Doors: 6pm | Show: 6:30pm

Rajant’s World Music Benefit is back! Raising donations for Children’s Hospital Of Philadelphia (CHOP), this year’s proceeds will directly impact CHOP’s lifesaving work utilizing their advanced life support technique for children called Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, or ECMO.

ECMO is used for children with life-threatening heart and/or lung problems. It provides long-term breathing and heart support, and is used only when all of the standard treatments for those problems have already been tried. A highly specialized treatment, ECMO can support critically ill children for days to weeks while doctors treat their underlying illness.

Now in its fourth year, Rajant and its generous contributors continue to build on the $200K+ raised and pledged by this “live” experience. The celebration aims to draw on the Philadelphia area’s brightest philanthropists alongside CHOP Ambassadors, for a not-to-be-missed evening. We invite you to experience featured performances from The Mavericks, The No Name Pops, Tequila Rock Revolution and James Valenti. Keep the giving going by participating in our silent auction full of exclusive memorabilia donated from some of music’s biggest names and brands.

Your support will have a real impact to ensure the hospital’s world class medical care continues to help their brave patients. The event will be held at the premier live music venue – World Cafe Live. We hope to see you there!

ADA Accessible seats may be purchased by anyone regardless of ability. We respectfully request that those who do not need accommodations select other seats if available.

Any band that manages to survive three decades, seeing its core members go from young adults to veteran musicians is bound to have its swings and cycles. The Mavericks, the eclectic rock and country group known for crisscrossing musical boundaries with abandon, has gone through three distinct phases since it was founded in Miami in 1989. An initial period of heady success marked by big hits and critical acclaim in the ‘90s. A long hiatus starting 2003 when the musicians each went their own way. And finally, a triumphant reunion in 2012 which held long enough for them to recently celebrate the band’s 30th anniversary. Now, The Mavericks are releasing a new album that ushers in the fourth phase of their evolution. “It's like we've had three different lives,” says Raul Malo, the band’s lead singer and songwriter, “and now this is a whole new beginning. We’re sort of going into uncharted territory. I’m looking forward to it and I’m kind of nervous about it too. It's certainly a new adventure.” On August 21, The Mavericks officially launch that adventure with the debut of their first-ever, all-Spanish album, released on the band’s own Mono Mundo label. Entitled simply En Español, it is produced by Malo and the band’s long-time collaborator Niko Bolas (Neil Young, Prince, Sheryl Crow). The line-up includes Malo’s fellow Miamian and charter bandmember, Paul Deakin on drums and vibraphone, as well as veteran Jerry Dale McFadden, who joined in 1993. Eddie Perez, a Mexican American guitarist from Los Angeles, is the band’s youngest and newest member, becoming a Maverick in 2003.
Tequila Rock Revolution is a metal-fueled, Mariachi-infused spectacle of sight and sound pay-ing homage to the tradition of Mariachi through an unprecedented fusion with modern metal and electronica. The band is the brainchild of Austin Latino Rocker/Electric Violinist Haydn Vitera. The machine gun rhythms of vihuela fire over a bed of intense dubstep grooves, requinto trades licks with shredding lead guitar and Mariachi strings join forces with 7-string Viper electric vio-lin. "Metallized" Mariachi standards and well-known metal/rock covers are weaved into a per-formance rife with dark imagery, Mexican folklore and stunning visual effects. The 8-piece supergroup features some of Austin's premiere Latin Rock and modern metal musicians joining forces with some of Texas’ most accomplished Mariachis The band’s digital releases include high-octane renditions of Mariachi standards “El Cascabel” and “Cancion Del Mariachi,” a dark re-imagining of the ballad “Remember Me” from the Os-car-winning film Coco, and a collaboration with rock violinists/vocalists Cassandra Sotos and Haydn Vitera on a powerful signature version of the classic Ozzy Osbourne/Lita Ford duet “Close My Eyes Forever” available now on all streaming outlets and YouTube.
Providing pops music to the city of Philadelphia. No excuses. No nonsense. No name pops.
Internationally Acclaimed Tenor James Valenti, has built a reputation for his elegant musicianship, commanding presence, ardent style and voice of warm Italianate lustre. The sought after 6'5" tenor, New Jersey native, studied at The Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia and Westminster Choir College in Princeton. Mr. Valenti made his professional debut at age 25 at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma as Rodolfo in the Franco Zeffirelli production of “La Bohème.” He has gone on to perform at the most celebrated opera houses in the world including Teatro alla Scala Milan, Metropolitan Opera, Teatro Colón Buenos Aires, Royal Opera House London, Opera National de Paris, Sydney Opera House, Münich, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Salzburg Festival and Opernhaus Zürich. Recent highlights include concerts at Carnegie Hall, in Budapest Hungary, Zimbabwe Africa, St Barth’s, “Tosca” for the rebirth of New York City Opera, “Madama Butterfly” at The Met, “Carmen” in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia and Hamburg, “Tosca” for the Detroit Symphony, a concert with fellow star Anna Netrebko at the Baden-Baden Festival in Germany, Rodolfo in “La Bohème” in Hong Kong and Roméo in Birmingham. Mr. Valenti took part in the 2019/ 2020 tour of “Rocktopia” in the cross-over POpera style. Mr. Valenti is also a very active humanitarian, giving his time to help children as a celebrity ambassador with the global organization Children International, All Hands and Hearts and Sing For Hope Foundation which promotes arts education around New York City. Mr. Valenti is an active educator frequently giving public masterclasses and through private teaching.
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is the nation's first hospital devoted exclusively to the care of children. Since our start in 1855, CHOP has been the birthplace for countless breakthroughs and dramatic firsts in pediatric medicine. Built on a foundation of delivering safe, high-quality, family-centered care, the Hospital has fostered medical discoveries and innovations that have improved pediatric healthcare and saved countless children’s lives. Today, families facing complex conditions come to CHOP from all over the world, and our compassionate care and innovation has repeatedly earned us a spot on the U.S. News & World Report's Honor Roll of the nation's best children's hospitals.
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