Top Acts Set For New York Katrina Benefit

New York's Madison Square Garden will be the site of a Sept. 20 benefit for victims of Hurricane Katrina, dubbed "From the Big Apple to the Big Easy." The show will pair a variety of top acts with som

New York's Madison Square Garden will be the site of a Sept. 20 benefit for victims of Hurricane Katrina, dubbed "From the Big Apple to the Big Easy." The show will pair a variety of top acts with some of New Orleans' most notable musicians, including Fats Domino and Allen Toussaint, who were rescued just days ago from the devastated city.

Among the artists set to appear are Elton John, Jimmy Buffett, Rod Stewart, Stevie Nicks, Lenny Kravitz, Bette Midler, John Fogerty, Loggins & Mussina and Earth, Wind & Fire. New Orleans will be represented by the Neville Brothers, the Original Meters, Buckwheat Zydeco and the Dirty Dozen and Rebirth Brass Bands.

In addition to underwriting the show, Madison Square Garden will donate $1 million to Katrina-related fundraising efforts. All proceeds from the event will benefit like-minded causes. Tickets go on sale Sept. 13.

"From the Big Apple to the Big Easy" will be executive produced by Grammy veteran Ken Ehrlich and Quint Davis, the producer/director of New Orleans' annual Jazz & Heritage and Essence festivals.