“You may say that I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.”

With those few, simple words John Lennon summed up his own career and the lasting impact he would have, both on the music industry and on the world as a whole. Thirty years after his murder on December 8, 1980, Lennon is still remembered as a truly original musician and artist, and a free thinker the like of which we haven’t seen since. His songs and his humanitarian work are still held up as shining examples to all who have followed.

It’s only right, then, that the anniversary of Lennon’s death should be commemorated with two live performances of his work and a charitable fundraising campaign.

Seattle’s Hard Rock Cafe is leading the charge with its Imagine There’s No Hunger campaign, specifically inspired by Lennon’s iconic song. The restaurant-slash-venue is selling three Lennon-inspired designs to raise money for the campaign, including an ‘Imagine’ t-shirt and a limited edition pin. Proceeds from the merchandise campaign will be donated directly to WhyHunger and its grassroots partners around the globe. They are also supporting a food drive to benefit Seattle’s Downtown Food Bank from Friday November 26 through Friday December 31, so why not drop in with some canned goods for those less fortunate than us this Christmas. You know that Lennon would want you to.

The Hard Rock Cafe will also play host to a Lennon-inspired set by five-piece Beatles tribute band Creme Tangerine on Saturday November 20, so if you’re keen to commemorate his musical achievements you’ll want to catch their show. A portion of proceeds from the show will go to the Downtown Food Bank too, and tickets are available now, priced $18 plus fees, from TicketWeb or in person at the Hard Rock Cafe.

On December 8 itself – the 30th anniversary of Lennon’s death – there will also be a tribute concert at The Crocodile, this time with local band Apple Jam and friends. The first half of the set will focus on Lennon’s Double Fantasy sessions, while the second half will be a Lennon-themed Beatles tribute. Tickets are available at The Crocodile website, or in person at Sonic Boom Records, priced $18 plus fees.

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