The Jonas Brothers probably never imagined they’d be closing out a concert after appearances by Bruce Springsteen, Alicia Keys and Paul McCartney. But Springsteen, Keys and McCartney will all take the stage before a full headlining set before the Jo Bros in New York City at the Javits Center, tomorrow night, October 20.
They are all coming together for a benefit for the Robin Hood organization, a charity that has been fighting poverty across the five boroughs of New York for more than 30 years.
Having McCartney, Springsteen and Keys all on hand for special appearances before a final concert by the Jonas Brothers on this particular date, October 20, is incredibly special. It is exactly 20 years to the day after McCartney helped organize “The Concert For New York,” a benefit for the first responders after the 9/11 attack.
That show, which featured McCartney, David Bowie, the Who, Billy Joel, Elton John and many, many more, was co-executive produced by John Sykes, chairman of the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and President of Entertainment Enterprises at iHeartMedia. Sykes, who has served on the Robin Hood board for 25 years, says this show and event, following the last year of the COVID pandemic, is again an important step in helping New York heal.
“Next to the emergency and medical workers themselves, musicians have been true first responders when New York has faced it’s greatest challenges” said Sykes. “They were there for New York after the attacks of 9/11, when Hurricane Sandy struck in 2012, and again now, as the city faces its greatest comeback challenge in history”.
So again facing a crisis in New York, Sykes and the Robin Hood team reached out to artists who have become synonymous with supporting philanthropic causes.
“When they heard how badly New York’s poor have been impacted by the COVID pandemic Paul, Bruce, Alicia and The Jonas Brothers all said yes, immediately, when we reached out for their support,” Sykes says.
Like Sykes, Richard Buery, CEO of Robin Hood, is very grateful to have the support of these major artists to lead another difficult fight they face in rebuilding after a watershed moment in New York.
“Robin Hood has been leading the fight against poverty in New York City for 33 years, but today we find ourselves in a fight that is more complex than ever before,” Buery says. “The city is still far from recovering from COVID-19 as many of our neighbors are left without the resources they need to rebuild. This evening is an opportunity to acknowledge the monumental work ahead of us, but also to celebrate how far we’ve come. We are so grateful to all of the incredible talent involved who are coming together, particularly on the twentieth anniversary of Robin Hood’s Concert for New York City, which raised millions of dollars for New Yorkers impacted by 9/11. Just like on that night, every dollar raised on Oct. 20th will support the most impactful nonprofits across the five boroughs, helping to get families back on their feet, get kids back on track, and get New Yorkers back to work.”