Jack Johnson Announces Live Benefit Album ‘Songs For Maui,’ Intimate Concert Set for Fall
Alex H. Krinsky on September 6, 2023
Photo by K. Johnson
In response to the devastating fires that have recently swept over the Hawaiian island Maui, singer-songwriter Jack Johnson has stepped up to support fire relief efforts and provide ongoing aid to affected communities with a new live album titled Songs For Maui. Johnson, well-known for his strong ties to Hawaii and commitment to environmental and community causes, will drop the album on Sept. 15 and perform an intimate benefit concert two days after its release.
Songs For Maui is comprised of 10 chart-topping tracks recorded live during Johnson’s 2012 Hawaiian Islands tour at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center’s Castle Theater. The album will also feature performances by Hawaii’s own Paula Fuga and John Cruz.
Reflecting on the initiative, Johnson stated, “All our love is going to our friends and family on Maui right now. As we began brainstorming ways to support the community, we found tracks from an acoustic show from 2012 that Paula, John, and I played at the MACC on Maui. Listening to the songs, we thought back to the time we spent that spring, both on stage and bonding with our Maui ‘ohana. We know it will be a long road ahead. We hope the positive energy from this show can carry on to help raise funds and support families in need. Aloha, Jack.”
Johnson and his band will perform the benefit concert on Sept. 18 at The Republik in Honolulu. The event will also feature performances by Fuga and Cruz. All proceeds from the Songs For Maui album and The Republik concert will be directed toward fire relief efforts and ongoing support for the Maui community.
Notably, upon learning of the devastating fires, Johnson and his wife Kim, along with the Johnson Ohana Foundation, swiftly donated to various organizations providing immediate disaster relief and food to affected families. Beneficiaries of these donations included the Hawaii Community Foundation’s Maui Strong Fund, Maui United Way, Common Ground Collective, Maui Food Bank, Chef Hui, and Maui Hub. Additional funds raised through the benefit album and concert will be allocated in consultation with Maui’s community to best support recovery and evolving needs.
Tickets for the benefit concert will go on sale at 10 a.m. HST on Friday, Sept. 8. Fans will have the opportunity to make additional donations directly to Maui fire relief efforts during ticket purchases and at the concert. Learn more and find tickets here.