Katrina Benefits Set For N.Y., Minneapolis
New Orleans musicians such as Dr. John, Allen Toussaint and Ivan Neville will perform at the benefit concert Soul to Soul: From the Heart of New York City to the Heart of New Orleans.New Orleans musicians such as Dr. John, Allen Toussaint and Ivan Neville will perform at the benefit concert Soul to Soul: From the Heart of New York City to the Heart of New Orleans. The show will be held Sept. 28 at Rumsey Playfield in New York's Central Park and will raise funds for the New Orleans Musicians Clinic.
Other acts set to appear include Hubert Sumlin, Cassandra Wilson, DJ Logic, Soulive, the Drive By Truckers and Bettye LaVette. A donation of $25 is suggested.
Meanwhile, the Violent Femmes, Cowboy Mouth and Tim Mahoney will perform at Restoring the Rhythm, a Hurricane Katrina relief concert slated for Sunday (Sept. 25) at Minneapolis' U.S. Bank Theatre at Target Center. Additional acts are expected to join the show, which will benefit Second Harvest Heartland and Tipitina's Foundation, organizations which are bringing aid to victims of the Gulf Coast disaster.
Formed in 2002, the Tipitina's Foundation is tied to the well-known New Orleans venue of the same name, and provides instruments to underprivileged school children. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the organization has shifted its focus to preserving and reconstructing the city's cultural heritage, and providing resources to the music community. Benefit events will be staged around the country in the coming months to continue funding relief efforts.
In related news, the Voodoo Music Experience, which was to be held Oct. 29-30 in New Orleans, is close to settling on a new location. Although it is unclear if the original lineup will be reconfigured, Nine Inch Nails leader Trent Reznor says his band is still planning to perform.
"It means a lot to me that the Voodoo Music Experience is continuing on and I look forward to being a part of this amazing New Orleans tradition," he says. "It's great that other cities have opened their doors to this year's event, and the New Orleans spirit will definitely remain in the air--that's something the floods cannot wash away."