Who: Trevor Hall with Dream Doctors
When: 8 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Old Main, CU Boulder
Cost: $10. The show is only for CU students with a current Buff One card
Trevor Hall believes in writing songs with positive messages and giving back to the world. The musician’s collaborated with rapper Matisyahu on the inspiring tune “Unity,” and he’s helped out disadvantaged children in India.
Hall’s brand of reggae, rock and acoustic sounds is filled with socially conscious lyrics, and he regularly packs Colorado venues.
Tonight, Hall plays a special show at CU’s Old Main. The Program Council concert is being held for students who have a current Buff OneCard.
“The last time I played Colorado was for the 2010 Mile High Music Festival,” Hall said. “I did a little fall tour last year, and then I got back in the studio to record a new album.
“I took a bit of a vacation, but now I’m ready to jump back into things.”
Hall is known for his acoustic/reggae blend, but the musician wanted to break out of the mold for his upcoming record.
“This new album is pretty raw,” revealed Hall. “The record really has so many kinds of songs — there’s reggae, rock and folk.
“On this record, I decided if a song was going to be reggae I’d go all the way with it — and if it was rock, I’d go all the way with rock. I mixed up a bunch of different styles and somehow it fit together.”
Hall had the musical genres, but he wanted the songs united by a central theme.
“The theme is a little more interesting on this album,” Hall said. “The songs are more about struggle and going through some difficult situations.
“There’s always a light at the end of the tunnel, even if we all struggle to find what we’re looking for. That struggle keeps your faith and hope strong. Trying to get there is the journey”.
Hall’s taking time off from his musical collaborations with other artists, but he’s enjoying meeting new people on tour.
“My favorite new thing is to meet new people on the road,” Hall said. “It’s always enlightening to see how the music affects people. It’s like the gas in the car that keeps you going.”
Hall’s also spending time in India to help orphaned and disadvantaged children. The performer works with an Indian temple and raises funds to support the kids.
“I just spent a few months over there,” Hall said. “I wanted to see what they needed. We always keep a donation box at the concerts and we’re trying to spread the word. The temple’s very poor — it’s not very clean and there’s no hot water.
“I help raise money for necessities and supplies. This is a place where kids are slowly transformed, and they learn about ancient philosophy, yoga and meditation. This is something that’s close to my heart.”
Tonight, Hall brings his heartfelt songs to CU.
“I plan on playing some songs from the new record,” Hall said. “I want to see how people in Boulder react to the new music. I’ll be playing a mix of things — old songs and new songs.
“I’m getting used to being on the road again and I’m looking forward to 2011. I’m going to release the new album and I’ll be touring most of the year.”