Starbucks Presents Mat Kearney in a Hollywood Concert to Benefit the International House of Blues Foundation

Proceeds to Support Music & Educational Arts Programs For Youth In Southern


Jul 25, 2007, 01:00 ET from Starbucks Coffee Company

    LOS ANGELES, July 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Starbucks Coffee Company today
 announces breakthrough artist Mat Kearney as the headliner for two upcoming
 concerts benefiting the International House of Blues Foundation (IHOBF), a
 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting cultural understanding and
 creative expression through music and art.
     "Music plays such an important role in so many people's lives, that we
 felt compelled to align ourselves with a musical organization that is as
 passionate about giving back to local communities as Starbucks is," said
 Montey Dunn, regional marketing manager at Starbucks Coffee Company. "In
 addition, we are honored to have Mat Kearney help us celebrate and honor
 the spirit, creativity and passion for the performing arts."
     Performing hit songs from his latest record-breaking album, Nothing
 Left To Lose, Kearney will perform live, in concert at the House of Blues
 Sunset Strip on Friday, August 31 and the House of Blues San Diego on
 Saturday, September 1, in hopes of helping Starbucks reach their goal of
 selling out the house and contributing more than $30,000 to IHOBF.
     Mat Kearney's sound incorporates wide-ranging influences that paint his
 songs with strength and passion fusing poetic hymns with melodic choruses
 and acoustic folk/pop. Mat is currently on the road promoting his Columbia
 debut, Nothing Left To Lose, headlining shows throughout the country and
 opening for bands such as The Fray, Sheryl Crow and John Mayer, among
     Opening for Mat Kearney, are the winners of the Starbuck SoCal Barista
 Music Contest, a contest that encouraged Starbucks partners across Southern
 California to submit a song for the chance to play live, in-concert at the
 House of Blues for a well-renowned artist. The two lucky winners were
 selected by the public after an online vote on Opening the show in Los Angeles, Brian
 Boozer of the band "Soulajar" from Bakersfield and in San Diego, Dave "EJ"
     This concert is just one example of the many ways Starbucks continually
 supports and contributes to the local communities where their customers
 live and work and celebrates the talent of their baristas. Tickets are
 currently on sale with net proceeds benefiting the IHOBF. For more
 information about the Starbucks Presents concert, Mat Kearney and the
 opening performers, please visit
     About Starbucks Coffee Company:
     Starbucks Coffee Company provides an uplifting experience that enriches
 people's lives one moment, one human being, one extraordinary cup of coffee
 at a time. To share in the experience, visit
     About Mat Kearney
     Raised in Eugene, Oregon, Mat Kearney went to college in California,
 where he studied English literature. While on spring break, Mat traveled to
 Nashville, Tennessee, where he began writing his own emotionally complex
 songs and album. Kearney's sound incorporates wide-ranging influences that
 paint his songs with strength and passion fusing poetic hymns with melodic
 choruses and acoustic folk/pop. Kearney most recently finished headlining
 VH1's "You Oughta Know" Tour and opening for his Columbia Records label
 mate John Mayer. Mat's major label debut, Nothing Left To Lose is online
 and in stores now.
     About House of Blues: Founded in 1992, this dynamic company with soul,
 spirit and vision was acquired by Live Nation in November of 2006. With 11
 branded clubs, including Atlantic City, Anaheim, Chicago, Cleveland, Myrtle
 Beach, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando, San Diego and Dallas,
 which is expected to open in May 2007, each House of Blues club features
 live music, Southern-inspired cuisine in an eclectic environment
 celebrating the African American cultural contributions of blues music and
 folk art.
     About International House of Blues Foundation: The International House
 of Blues Foundation (IHOBF) is 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated
 to bringing the arts to schools and communities through programs that
 promote cultural understanding and encourage creative expression. IHOBF was
 established in 1993 and conducts programming in nine locations nationwide,
 including: Anaheim, Atlantic City, Chicago, Cleveland, Las Vegas, Los
 Angeles, New Orleans, Orlando, and San Diego. Programming includes the
 Blues SchoolHouse (a multimedia classroom that includes live music and
 visual arts), Make An Impression (community and school-based art and music
 programs), and Roots of Rhythm (drum-based music-making experiences). IHOBF
 reaches over 60,000 students, teachers, and others annually nationwide with
 arts and cultural programs. For additional information, visit
     Contact: Gaby Vizcaino

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