As many of our regular readers may know, Contrapuntist and I recently vacationed in New Orleans and fell in love with the city. One of the highlights of our trip was our visit to the aquarium and its exhibit on Gulf Coast sea life. We’ve been heartsick ever since we heard about the oil spill. I was pleased today to find news of a benefit concert which will raise funds to aid in disaster relief.
Musicians, New Orleans business leaders, and local radio station WWOZ-FM will join together for the GULF AID fund-raising concert on Sunday, May 16. The benefit will take place from noon-10 PM at Mardi Gras World River City in New Orleans. GULF AID, in partnership with WWOZ, will distribute monies to organizations to focus on wetlands/coastal environmental issues and the well-being of fishermen and the regional seafood industry.
Musicians performing at the event will include part-time New Orleans resident Lenny Kravitz, Allen Toussaint, Mos Def, Ani DiFranco, John Legend, The Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and Irvin Mayfield’s Playhouse Review. Additional artists will also be announced.
Tickets are $50 and are available via Elevate Tickets. Donations may also be sent to GULF AID, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation located at P.O. Box 6917, Metairie, LA 70009.
New Orleans Jazz and heritage radio station WWOZ 90.7 FM will do a live broadcast and stream the performance on the Internet. According to WWOZ general manager David Friedman:
Our response is sure, immediate and passionate – our music community, through its music and heritage station, WWOZ, is calling on all its many friends throughout the country, to step forward in an effort to give heart to the devastated and the deplaced.
Concert updates are available on the WWOZ website and Twitter. Follow GULF AID on Facebook page by searching Gulf Relief.
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