NEWS: The Rob Machado Foundation Announces November 11 Benefit Concert

October 07, 2013  •  Leave a Comment


Rob Machado - legendary surfer, environmental activist and musician - has put together a stellar lineup for the Second Annual benefit concert for the Rob Machado Foundation (RMF,, which will take place on Monday, November 11, at The Belly Up in San Diego, CA. Multi-GRAMMY® winning pop troubadour Jason Mraz will be performing acoustic at this intimate event and The Goo Goo Dolls front man John Rzeznik, who played last year's sold-out RMF concert, will return for a special solo acoustic set. Breakout Los Angeles band Run River North round out the bill. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. and the show will begin at 8 p.m.


"I'm excited to be hosting a second RMF benefit concert. I'm honored that Jason, John and Run River North are supporting us," says Rob Machado. "The proceeds from our first event enabled us to do a lot - we've brought gardening programs to San Diego schools and just last month we installed new trash bins at Cardiff Seaside Beach, replacing the rusted old cans that gave seagulls easy access to trash that would then wind up back on the beach - so I can't wait to see how this night unfolds."


Tickets will be available beginning Friday, October 11, at Noon PT at In addition to General Admission and Loft tickets, a limited number of VIP packages - featuring a 6 p.m. meet and greet with Rob Machado and John Rzeznik and an exclusive gift bag - will be available. For additional details, visit


Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Rob Machado Foundation, a California-based 501c(3) non-profit private foundation. Founded in 2004, RMF was created to support charities dedicated to environmental programs worldwide. Its primary mission is to provide funding and initiate educational programs focused on helping children understand their contribution towards a healthy earth. With funds raised in the past year - including the 2012 benefit concert, RMF was able to:

  • Fund youth Green Team at 2013 Bro-Am, which diverted over 300 pounds of waste from the landfill
  • Provide program support for implementation of new, more effective trash bins at Seaside Beach. The new cans were designed with eVocal, produced from 100% reclaimed and recycled material, andpurchased with the help of Sambazon.
  • Install trash and recycling bins on school athletic fields
  • Fund establishment of Grow Your Own school garden program in San Diego
  • Support school greening initiatives with needed materials/supplies



About Rob Machado: Rob Machado is not just one of the world's greatest surfers; he's one of the sport's most recognizable characters, a living icon who continues to expand the definition of what professional surfing is all about. Machado was consistently among the top seeded competitors while on the ASP World Tour. With 12 career WCT victories, Machado has been among the elite top ten most popular surfers since 1996 on Surfer Magazine's Surfer Poll. He was inducted into the Surfer's Hall of Fame in 2000, awarded the prestigious honor of Waterman's of the Year by the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) in 2009 and, in 2011, the City of Huntington Beach California awarded him a star on the Surfing Walk of Fame.


Since his departure from the ASP tour in 2001, Machado has been one of surfing's most committed ambassadors, roaming the globe, surfing the world's best waves and deepening his commitment to support various humanitarian and environmental organizations.  In 2009 he was the recipient of the One Degree Less Award from Planet Green + the Water Council of Brazil Project and recognized by Oceana for his dedication to environmental activism.


About Jason Mraz: Hailed as one of today's most gifted pop troubadours, Jason Mraz is also a photographer, activist, surfer, yogi, student and teacher. Mraz is an outspoken advocate for a clean environment, sustainable energy, education and human equality and has been honored for his social activism by the Environmental Media Association.


Mraz has taken his musical journey from coffee houses to stadiums globally and now has two GRAMMY Awards and six GRAMMY nominations to his credit. He has also received the Songwriters Hall of Fame's esteemed Hal David Starlight Award, and, in 2013, fans voted Mraz "Favorite Male Artist" at the 39thannual People's Choice Awards. Mraz's latest album, Love is a Four Letter Word, debuted in the Top 15 in 13 countries including #2 in the United States and the United Kingdom with the first single, "I Won't Give Up" debuting in the #1 slot on Billboard's "Digital Songs" chart one week after its release.  Mraz's previous album, WE SING. WE DANCE. WE STEAL THINGS, proved a global blockbuster, earning multiple platinum certifications in numerous territories around the globe.  One of the album's hit songs, "I'm Yours," was a #1 smash in many formats around the world, earning ASCAP's 2010 "Song of the Year" award and setting the record for the longest-running song in the 51-year history of Billboard's "Hot 100."


About John Rzeznik: Singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer John Rzeznik has become one of the most globally respected and influential forces in popular music history, selling more than 10 million albums with his band, The Goo Goo Dolls. As a composer, Rzeznik has penned hundreds of songs including instantly recognizable Number One and Top Ten multi-format hit singles like "Name," "Slide," Black Balloon," Broadway," "Here Is Gone," "Big Machine," "Sympathy," "Stay With You," "Before It's Too Late," "Jim's Theme" (Treasure Planet)," "Better Days," and "Home." "Iris," from the City Of Angels soundtrack, spent nearly 12 straight months on the Billboard charts and held the Number One position for 18 consecutive weeks. By that point, sales of the soundtrack exceeded a phenomenal 10 million copies worldwide.  Billboard recently named "Iris" as the biggest pop radio song of the last 20 years.


Between the years 1987 and 2012, Rzeznik and the band have toured the globe countless times and received numerous awards (including four GRAMMY Award nominations). Rzeznik has also been named recipient of the prestigious Hal David Starlight Songwriter Award. The Goo Goo Dolls are currently touring in support ofMAGNETIC, their 10th studio album, which contains the new single "Come to Me."


About Run River North: In the course of a few short months, Run River North went from playing a handful of hometown shows in Los Angeles to performing to an audience of millions on late-night show "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" It was an explosive trajectory for the sextet (then called Monsters Calling Home). Produced by Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, Built to Spill, Band of Horses), Run River North's self-titled debut album is set for release on February 25, 2014 via Nettwerk Records. Their songs ebb and flow with optimism, traversing emotional and musical landscapes woven into the strings duo of Daniel Chae and Jennifer Rim, alongside the galloping rhythm section of bassist Joe Chun, keyboardist Sally Kang and drummer John Chong, and vocals of Alex Hwang. Together, their voices coalesce as one, a chorus calling out with a gentle urgency.  The band mates all come from families who moved to Southern California from Asia, and the album reflects their shared search for a sense of home while also addressing the universal struggle for



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