Bubbly Benefit: Sheryl Crow and Colbie Caillat rock for Charlottesville
The Charlottesville Free Clinic, which has served more than 11,000 uninsured patients during its nearly 20-year run (and seems to have been a bit ahead of the "universal health care" curve), has attracted the attention of politically active pop-rock star Sheryl Crow–- so much so that the 48-year-old musician plans on headlining the Clinic's 7th annual Benefit Concert at the Charlottesville Pavilion June 21.
Crow, a nine-time Grammy winner, released her sixth studio album, Detours, to widespread critical acclaim in 2008. The heartfelt album, inspired by her battle with breast cancer and 2005 engagement and subsequent 2006 breakup with professional cyclist Lance Armstrong, debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart. Breaking onto the mainstream music scene in 1993 with her debut, Tuesday Night Music Club, and winning such Grammys as Best New Artist, Record of the Year, and Best Rock Record, Crow has continued to set the standard for female pop-rock performers. A political activist, Crow has lent her voice to such issues as the war in Iraq, breast cancer, and global warming.
The altruistic rocker will perform alongside California pop star and Grammy winner Colbie Caillat. Caillat's 2007 breakout single, "Bubbly" caught the attention of critics and artists internationally, including Jason Mraz and Taylor Swift, with whom she would later collaborate. For both Crow and Caillat, the benefit concert will be their first appearance in Charlottesville.
The free clinic runs largely through volunteers, offering primary health care and basic dental services to Charlottesville's uninsured. The past six benefit concerts have raised over $750,000 in medical services for area families. Tickets go on sale April 16 at 10am for $35-68.