photo: Patti Smith at Tibet House Benefit 2015 (more by Sachyn Mital)
Patti Smith

Everest Awakening was founded in light of the recent earthquake to bring together musicians, artists, writers, poets, activists, politicians, and scientists in an effort to raise awareness and funds for Nepal and neighboring territories of the Himalayan region. Using our skills and various platforms, we are doing what we can to spread awareness and hope, using our voices and resources to keep people informed and educated, and to help others to direct their efforts and donations to where they are needed most.

The funds generated by all efforts of Everest Awakening will be collected and delivered to a select few organizations, monasteries, and individuals in Nepal, Tibet, India, and Bangladesh who are using the highest amount of donation money to help the people directly. These groups have been suggested by Robert Thurman, Tibet House US, and include our dear friends who are there in Nepal now experiencing the devastation first hand.

Everest Awakening was founded by Jesse Paris Smith. Jesse recently spent time in Nepal, and in light of the recent Earthquake, was inspired to create a community whose goal is to directly give relief to those affected in the region. The name 'Everest Awakening' was chosen by Tenzin Choegyal, Tibetan musician, and a friend and collaborator of Jesse. The name represents a symbol of the issues faced today in the Himalaya. We think of Everest as so firm, untouchable, and almighty, and yet it was fragile, not spared in the face of this disaster. Mother Earth no longer accepts our presence with silence, so we need to rise up to awaken our hearts.

Nepal benefit Everest Awakening takes place at City Winery NYC on Sunday, May 17 and runs from noon to 3 PM. The lineup includes Jesse's mother, NYC punk legend Patti Smith, as well as Loudon Wainwright, Kaki King, Nicole Atkins and more, plus "VERY special guests." Tickets are on presale to VinoFile members now. Full lineup below.

Kaki King has other dates, including another NYC show on May 21 at Rough Trade with Glockabelle. Tickets for that show are still available.

Patti Smith also has other dates, which are listed, along with the Everest Awakening lineup, below...

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Everest Awakening Lineup
Loudon Wainwright
Kaki King
Nicole Atkins *
Jesse Paris Smith
Martha Mooke
Tara Lobsang*
Karanjit Singh
Pema Kunsang
Plus VERY special guests
and more TBD

*There will be live painting by Tara Lobsang and Nicole Atkins

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Patti Smith -- 2015 Tour Dates
May 17 City Winery New York, NY
May 29 Barcelona Primavera Barcelona
May 30 Barcelona Primavera Barcelona
Spoken Word/Acoustic
Jun 1 Dublin The Royal Hospital Kilmainham
Jun 4 Porto NOS Primavera Sound
Spoken Word/Acoustic
Jun 5 Porto NOS Primavera Sound
Jun 7 London Field Day
Jun 8 Manchester O2 Apollo
Jun 9 Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Jun 11 Bergen Bergen Festival
Jun 12 Oslo Norwegian Wood
Jun 14 Roma Eutropia Festival
Jun 16 Catania Villa Bellini
Jun 18 Firenze Teatro Le Mulina
Jun 19 Verona "Rumors" Le Illazioni della Voce. Teatro Romano
Jun 20 Milano Villa Arconati
Jun 22 Frankfurt Alte Oper
Jun 23 Köln Tanzbrunnen
Jun 25 Werchter Rock Werchter Festival
Jun 26 Beuningen Down the Rabbit Hole
Jul 12 Lörrach Stimmen Festival
Jul 13 München Tollwood Festival
Jul 14 Wien Arena Wien Open Air
Jul 16 Singen Hohentwiel
Jul 19 Bern Gurtenfestival
Jul 21 Karlsruhe Tollhaus
Jul 22 Winterbach Zeltspektakel Winterbach
Jul 24 Lyon Les Nuits de Fourvière
Jul 25 Nyon Paléo Festival Nyon
Jul 27 Collegno (TO) Parco della Certosa
Jul 28 Gardone Riviera (BS) Anfiteatro del Vittoriale
Aug 1 Codroipo Villa Manin
Aug 2 Ljubljana Krizanke
Aug 4 Wels Alter Schlachtof
Aug 5 Prague Archa Theatre
Aug 7 Luhmühlen A Summer's Tale
Aug 8 Dresden Junge Garde
Aug 9 Katowice Off Festival
Aug 11 Berlin Tempodrom
Aug 13 Copenhagen Royal Theatre
Aug 14 Copenhagen Royal Theatre
Aug 15 Göteborg Way Out West
Aug 17 Reykjavík Harpa
Oct 20 Paris Olympia
Oct 21 Paris Olympia