Headlined by Katy Perry, Norah Jones, and Mavis Staples, The David Lynch Foundation will be hosting their"Silence the Violence" benefit concert in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 11 to benefit 10,000 at-risk youth in the district.
"I have been practicing TM for over nine years, and it has changed my life," says Katy Perry. "It is one of the most important tools I use to keep me balanced and creative with a positive mindset. I am so proud to give an intimate performance at the "Silence the Violence" benefit concert at The Anthem on October 11 to raise funds to bring the power of meditation to 10,000 D.C.-area young people."
Proceeds from the evening—which will also showcase the talents of the Celebration Gospel Choir, Jeremy Elliot, and more—will be used to bring the evidence-based Transcendental Meditation technique to vulnerable communities in the District through in-school and after school programs, churches and community centers, recovery programs, and detention centers in partnership with THEARC (Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus). Previous research has shown that TM reduces stress, heals PTSD, lowers substance abuse, improves academic performance and graduation rates, and reduces arrests for violent crime.
Previous David Lynch Foundation benefit concerts have included headliners such as Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Sting, Eddie Vedder, Ben Harper, Dixie Chicks, Sheryl Crow, Robert Plant, Hugh Jackman, Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, Jim Gaffigan, and more.