The Dude & his Abiders: Live at DNC


Bridges performed live in Charlotte yesterday, Sept.
3, to help kick off the Democratic National Convention (at a concert headlined
by James Taylor) – and also to help raise consciousness for his “No Kid Hungry”
project to help end childhood hunger.


Story and Photos by Michael G.
Plumides, Jr.


Iconic California actor Jeff
Bridges brought his country-twang-cum-Cajun-rock musical stylings to Charlotte’s city center,
opening for James Taylor on Monday, September
3rd for “CarolinaFest 2012.” The Labor Day festival also featured
performances by The Blue Dogs, Janelle Monae, and Anthony Hamilton.  Halfway through the set, the bottom fell out
of the sky. (The publicist texted me last night and stated how all the gear
was soaked.)




Anyway, “The Dude” released a superb album in August of 2011
via Blue Note, aptly entitled Jeff Bridges and produced by T Bone
Burnett. But the actor is in Charlotte
for several days not necessarily to promote his music, but more to raise
consciousness about his passion philanthropy, the “No Kid Hungry” project.
Bridges was afforded the opportunity to meet with a number of Governors,
Republicans and Democrats alike, as well as the Secretary of Agriculture to get
their commitments to participate in the program that hopes to end childhood
hunger in America
by 2016. (Pictured below is Bridges with
Democratic NC Gov. Bev Perdue.)





Bridges made an appearance on CNN yesterday and again today
to promote the “No Kid Hungry” project and encourages his fellow Americans to
participate or donate to the “No Kid Hungry” project.


From the website: “You are
critical partners in our fight to end childhood hunger. Please help us protect
nutrition programs that serve at-risk children and families. Often, they are
the difference between a meal and a child going hungry.”


Between conventions, Bridges just spent
several days in Nashville
recording some new material for a future release. For
more information, please go to or you
may also take the pledge Jeff spoke of at 





Look for my upcoming Jeff Bridges piece in the BLURT fall print
issue with an in-depth interview and
a look at the inner-workings of an event run by difficult, rude, self-important organizers
– you know, interns who finally achieve a low-level position of authority.  I’ll be honest, to take a few pictures, I was
abused.  Let the record show that my family
has been involved with the Democratic Party for five decades and – “This aggression will not stand, man!”


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