Music superstar Jon Bon Jovi delighted a sold-out audience of Hamilton alumni, parents and friends who turned out at the Best Buy Theater Dec. 5 for a benefit concert that added new resources for the arts and scholarships at the college. More ...
The DownBeat Keys, a Brooklyn-based hip-hop band featuring five Hamilton College alumni, opened for Jon Bon Jovi and The Kings of Suburbia.
“Sharing the stage with a rock star on the level of Jon Bon Jovi is the type of thing bands joke about because it seems like such an impossible dream,” said The DownBeat Keys band member Andrew Root '09. “Yet here we are, on the same bill with one of the best-known musicians of our generation. Short of the Super Bowl halftime show, gigs just don't get much bigger than this one. We’re extremely grateful to the Hamilton community for giving us this unprecedented opportunity and proud to represent our college’s incredible arts program.”
Jon Bon Jovi has set the bar for nearly three decades as one of the world’s most successful musicians. Globally, Jon's Grammy-winning band Bon Jovi has sold more than 130 million albums, consistently delivered #1 albums and Top Ten hits, and performed more than 2,600 concerts in over 50 countries for upwards of 34 million fans.
Jon Bon Jovi was ranked as the most charitable celebrity in 2011 by Forbes. The Forbes ranking is based on a calculation that measures “those who use the greatest percentage of their fame to generate good.” In addition to Jon Bon Jovi, the top five include Paul McCartney, U2, Leonardo DiCaprio and Elton John.
All proceeds from the concert will support student scholarships and the theatre and studio arts building currently under construction on the Hamilton campus.