The David Lynch Foundation will present Ringo Starr with the “Lifetime of Peace and Love Award” at L.A.’s El Rey Theater on January 20th. The night is tied to Lynch’s new performance arts initiative called DLF Live and will culminate with a Ringo tribute concert featuring Joe Walsh, Ben Folds, Brendan Benson, Ben Harper, Bettye LaVette and Dave Stewart. Veteran rock producer Don Was will serve as the musical director.
On February 27th, one month after the Ringo Starr Event, the foundation will present Rick Rubin with the “Lifetime of Harmony Award” at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The Dixie Chicks, Damien Rice, Jake Bugg and others will perform at the ceremony.
“We want to generate the electricity of peace through music,” David Lynch said in a statement. “And it’s a thrill to know that the super-creative, enthusiastic musicians of our world are with us to achieve this goal.”
The David Lynch Foundation began 10 years ago with an aim to provide scholarships to teach Transcendental Meditation to at-risk youth in underserved schools, veterans with post-traumatic stress (PTS), women who are survivors of domestic violence, and homeless and incarcerated individuals.
Ringo Starr is a longtime proponent of Transcendental Meditation, dating all the way back to the Beatles‘ time studying with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in India in 1968. In 2009, he reunited with Paul McCartney at a New York City event benefiting the David Lynch Foundation.
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In January 2012, Starr released Ringo 2012, his 16th studio album and supported it with a world tour featuring Steve Lukather (Toto), Gregg Rolie (Santana, Journey), Todd Rundgren, Richard Page (Mr. Mister), Mark Rivera and Gregg Bissonette. Recently, he’s been making cameos in cartoons and revisiting his old Beatles photographs.