Like a lot of Cincinnati musical acts, the Pop Rock band Seabird is getting into the spirit of the holidays and performing benefit shows for charity. But unlike the band’s Queen City peers, the Credential/EMI recording artists are doing their charitable work via performances throughout the Midwestern and southern U.S. Seabird’s current “Over the Hills and Everywhere Tour” is raising awareness and support for the Mocha Club, an organization that supports various initiatives to help the needy in Africa through member donations of $7 a month (or the price of two mocha coffee drinks, if you’re wondering about the name).—-
Several other musical acts support the organization, which lets the musicians choose a focus for their charitable work, like clean water, children and mothers at risk and HIV/AIDs support. Seabird — who won “Artist of the Year” honors at the 2008 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards and has had music featured in numerous network TV shows — is supporting the org’s education efforts.
Singer/keyboardist Aaron Morgan and his guitarist/brother Ryan first traveled to Africa as teens and, according to a statement on the Mocha Club site, the siblings “were deeply impacted by the genuine love and compassion we saw in the people even in the midst of such intense poverty. They are thankful when there is little to be thankful for. And they find joy when joy would seem to have left town.”
“We mean it when we say we're honored to partner with Mocha Club to make education a reality for African kids who deserve a chance,” Aaron continues. “If you've been looking for a way to impact lives in a real, tangible way, allow Mocha Club to show you how.”
The tour — which comes to Oakley’s 20th Century Theatre Sunday (show details are here) — is named for the group’s new holiday EP, Over the Hills and Everywhere, a digital release featuring traditional tunes like “What Child is This?” and “Silent Night.” Expect to hear a lot of the EP at Sunday’s show.