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For Immediate Release, April 7, 2008

Contact: Kevin Dahl,, (520) 396-1126

Bonnie Raitt Donates Concert Tickets to Help Center for Biological Diversity
Stop Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon National Park

TUCSON, Ariz.— Nine-time Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Bonnie Raitt and her band will be at the AVA Amphitheatre at Casino del Sol on May 16 in Tucson. Robert Cray is the opening artist.

Ms. Raitt has generously made available some great seats to benefit the Center for Biological Diversity, a Tucson-headquartered national nonprofit conservation group with more than 40,000 members dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

These Gold and Silver Circle VIP tickets are located in the front center section (201) in Rows D & H.

Golden Circle tickets cost $300 and include a backstage visit with Ms. Raitt; Silver Circle tickets are great seats for a great cause and are $200. These tickets are available through the nonprofit Guacamole Fund and are partially tax deductible. This is a special internet sale only, at Ticket sales start Wednesday, April 9, 2008, at 8 a.m. PDT.

The Center for Biological Diversity systematically and ambitiously uses biological data, legal expertise, and the citizen petition provisions of the powerful Endangered Species Act and National Environmental Policy Act to obtain sweeping, legally binding new protections for animals, plants, and the habitat they need to survive.

One of the group’s most recent victories is convincing a federal judge to stop a British firm from drilling test holes for uranium on national forest land near Grand Canyon National Park pending further environmental review. Money raised by the sale of these benefit tickets will help the organization continue its fight against inappropriate mining on the banks of this national treasure.

Bonnie Raitt is known for her lifelong commitment to social activism as well as for her music. She has long been involved with the environmental movement, doing concerts for forest and water conservation and oil and mining activism since the mid-1970s. She was a founding member of MUSE (Musicians United for Safe Energy), which produced the historic concerts, album, and movie No Nukes in 1979. She has been especially active in the fight to preserve ancient forests, performing numerous concerts, lobbying in Washington, and even getting arrested twice in support of a change in forest policy.

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