Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea is a busy man. He is training for the upcoming LA Marathon on March 20th, working on the new Chili Peppers album, and somehow still has time to host a charity dinner on March 15th to support children's music education.
Flea is giving fans the chance to dine with Chili Peppers vocalist Anthony Kiedis and himself at Los Angeles' Cafe Stella, with a $500 donation required for entry.
Entertainment for the evening will be provided by the "Godmother of Punk," singer-songwriter Patti Smith.
The event will raise money for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, an organization founded in 2001 by Flea and Keith Barry to provide free or reduced-price music lessons and instruments to schoolchildren in the community.
Flea described his inspiration for creating the Conservatory: "A few years back, I had the opportunity to visit my old high school and noticed how many of the music programs were cut from when I was there."
"There were barely any instruments left and the music room was essentially bare. I quickly realized that there was something I could do to help out and that's when I started the Silverlake Conservatory of Music. The mission of the Conservatory is to facilitate basic music education for the youth of the community (ages 7-17) but all are welcome and encouraged to participate.
"This school has been a dream of mine for a long time. It's the kind of place I wish there had been when I was a kid. Kids need a place to go after school and in weekends where there is a positive influence and music is something that you can just throw yourself into.
"Music saved my life and brought me great joy. Please give what you can to help send a child learn music. There are kids who really want to be here but can't afford it. We can all help."