7th Annual Benefit Concert | Featuring Maroon 5

Adam Levine and James Valentine of Maroon 5, a pop rock heavyweight band with three Grammy Awards under their belt, 17 million albums sold worldwide, and releases that have gone gold and platinum in over 35 counties, will rock the house at Matt’s Promise 7th Annual Benefit Concert on Thursday, May 10, at Cipriani Wall Street.

The Event | The event is the single most significant way that Matt’s Promise raises funds to fulfill its mission of making a difference in the lives of young people affected by terminal illnesses. Our cornerstone project, finding a treatment and cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, has made huge advances through the overwhelming generosity of our sponsors and friends. We are involved in several innovative clinical trials that hold enormous promise for the 100,000 boys, worldwide, who pray each day that they can live one more.

Last year’s event drew over 1000 people who came out to support our cause.  Like last year, the event will include over-the-top auction items, announcing the Matthew Wiederkehr Leadership Award honoree, outstanding food, magical atmosphere, a room full of energetic and enthusiastic supporters, and an opportunity to “get up close and personal” to one of pop culture’s leading bands.

The Music | Over the past seven years, we have had extraordinary talent for our benefit concert and this year is no different. Maroon 5, which came together when four high school friends jammed under the name of Kara’s Flowers, still includes lead singer and band leader Adam Levine, who now stars in the #1 NBC hit series “The Voice,” Jesse Carmichael, and Mickey Madden. Other band members now include James Valentine and Matt Flynn.

Capturing their first of three Grammy Awards as “Best New Artist” of 2005 and going on to sell more than 17 million albums worldwide, Maroon 5’s releases have gone gold and platinum in over 35 countries. Maroon 5 won over fans and critics alike with the hybrid rock/R&B sound they introduced on their debut album, Songs About Jane and their double platinum album, It Won’t be Soon Before Long, which included hits like “Makes Me Wonder” and “If I Never See your Face Again.”

In September 2010, the band released their third studio album, Hands All Over, which also recently went platinum. The collection featured two hit singles including the Hot AC smash “Misery” and the authentic “Moves Like Jagger,” which climbed to the #1 spot on the Top 40 and Hot AC charts and also claimed the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100. Both singles received GRAMMY Award nominations in the category of “Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals,” marking the group’s eighth GRAMMY nomination overall and 5th in that category. With the success of “Moves Like Jagger” on the Hot 100 chart, Maroon 5 front man Adam Levine became the first artist in the chart’s 53-year history to reach #1 as part of a group and enter the Top 10 at the same time as a soloist, as he is also featured on Gym Class Heroes’ “Stereo Hearts.”

In addition to his work with Maroon 5, band front man Adam Levine joined the #1 NBC hit series The Voice as a coach in 2011.  The show dominated ratings in 2011 and the eagerly awaited second season debuted just weeks ago on Feb 5, 2012 following the Super Bowl.

The biggest influences on the band’s music is cited by Maroon 5 as Michael Jackson, The Police, Talking Heads, Shabba Ranks, and Prince. Front man Adam Levine includes Stevie Wonder as someone who has inspired him greatly. The guitar-heavy songs often have a theme of love or love lost. In Songs About Jane, the songs are about Levine’s ex-girlfriend, Jane. On It Won’t Be Soon Before Long, the songs are less personal and take on a retro feel. Hands All Over continues the lost love theme but represents a drastic change in the band’s sound, featuring Christina Aguilera, and has a dance feel to it. Commenting on “Moves Like Jagger,” Adam Levine said: “It was one of those songs that was definitely a risk. It’s a bold statement. We’ve never really released a song like that. But it’s exciting to do something different, do something new. I’m just glad that everyone likes it.” The song climbed to the #1 spot on the Top 40 and Hot AC charts, as well as Billboard Hot 100, making them a pop-rock icon.

The Matt’s Promise 7th Annual Benefit Concert will feature Adam Levine and James Valentine in an acoustic duo.