RIC O'BARRY JOINS A CAVALCADE OF SOUTH FLORIDA MUSICIANS TO RAISE AWARENESS FOR THE DOLPHIN PROJECT
Friday, September 20th at Luna Star Cafe, 775 NE 125th Street in North Miami, 8pm
What motivates a crusader to spend 10 years on one side of an issue and the next 40 years working against it? Richard O’Barry spent a decade training dolphins to perform on TV and in captivity. He was the guy who captured and then trained the five dolphins that starred in the hugely popular series, “Flipper.” When one of the dolphins from the show died in his arms, Ric O’Barry realized that he had to undertake a new mission. On the first Earth Day, 1970, he launched a searing campaign against the the multi-billion dollar dolphin captivity industry, and his crusade called, the Dolphin Project, became one of the Earth Island Institute's critical causes. Ric has rescued and rehabilitated dolphins in many countries and is a leading voice in the fight to end the brutal hunts that were the subject of the Academy Award winning documentary, “The Cove.” The film follows Ric and a team of activists, filmmakers, and divers as they begin their covert mission to uncover a secret cove in Taiji, Japan and shine a light on the capture and massive slaughter of dolphins occurring there.
Singer Songwriter Jim Wurster became aware of the the Dolphin Project many years ago.“I was first introduced to the project at the legendary Fred Neil and Friends benefits at the Grove Playhouse in the mid-seventies. These shows had a profound impact on me as a person and music lover. Performing at the events were David Crosby, Rick Danko, Eric Anderson, Timothy B. Schmidt, John Sebastian, Jimmy Buffett, Vince Martin, Bob Ingram and Fred Neil. They were magical nights. I have never been one for hero worshipping, but if I had to pick one, it would be Ric O'Barry. Ric has been fighting for these beautiful mammals for more than four decades. His story is one of undying devotion and deep passion. “
When Jim decided to participate in the campaign and forged ahead to do a benefit for the Dolphin Project, he contacted Ric who graciously agreed to appear. Bob Ingram and Kevin Hurley, both Florida musicians and friends of Ric's will perform, as well as Jim himself, Diane Ward and Jack Shawde, Omine Eager, Valerie Wisecracker, Daphna Rose, the Mariana Trenchcoats and Trish Sheldon. Each artist has been asked to include a song by the late Fred Neil, who helped found the Dolphin Project with Ric. Fred wrote "Everybody's Talkin'" (theme song from Midnight Cowboy.) His song, "The Dolphins," has become the movement's anthem.
Ric will take time out from his crusade to give a presentation on the organization's goals and an update on the current situation in Taiji, Japan. Come meet and greet this man, up close and personal, and find out why he has dedicated the last forty years of his life to protect these beautiful creatures. The music is the cherry on the top.
The Luna Star Café is located at 775 NW 125th Street, North Miami. 305-799-7123. The event starts at 8:00pm. A donation of $10 is suggested and all proceeds will go to the Dolphin Project.
Please visit these websites to learn more about the Dolphin Project and Ric’s adventures
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