Flow Of Katrina Donations Continues

In the weeks since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, the music community has poured out a massive relief effort, generating substantial proceeds. Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson, members

In the weeks since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, the music community has poured out a massive relief effort, generating substantial proceeds. Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson, members of the Vans Warped Tour, and the Annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival are the latest to add to the funds.

Through a donation challenge that ended on Saturday, Wilson raised $210,000. The music legend started the effort through his official Web site, agreeing to match all cash donations and personally call anyone who contributed $100 or more.

Wilson ended up phoning more than 500 fans and is planning a musical event and Christmas toy drive for Katrina survivors in New Orleans. "Christmas has always been a special time for me and my family," says Wilson. "I would love to be able to go down to New Orleans and bring toys and perform for the kids that have lost so much. No kid should be without Christmas." As previously reported, his first solo Christmas album is due Oct. 18.

The 12th annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival at Telluride Town Park, Colorado also raised over $25,000 in donations. Fans contributed $15,000, while organizers Steve and Lynn Gumble gave $10,000 of their own money. In addition to music, the sold-out Sept. 16-18 festival famously features as many as 50 top microbreweries in the country. Artists like the Black Crowes, Al Green, Blue Mercy Band, David Jacobs-Strain Band, Eddie Turner and the Voices of Faith Gospel Ensemble were among the performers.

Several performers, including Sonny Landreth and Chris Thomas King, were personally affected by the hurricane. Proceeds from the event will benefit the American Red Cross and the Backbeat Fund, a non-profit devoted to preserving New Orleans culture. The 13th annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival is already scheduled for Sept. 15-17, 2006.

Further contributing to rebuilding efforts along the Gulf Coast, representatives of the Vans Warped collective donated $300,000 to Habitat for Humanity last week to aid in the construction of five new houses for Hurricane Katrina victims. The team of skaters, musicians, and athletes also helped assemble a home that was sent to a Louisiana family displaced by the hurricane.

Next summer, the Vans Warped tour will travel to affected areas to help build homes and is also encouraging youth to volunteer.