Music-Related Katrina Aid Efforts Continue
The star-studded Hurricane Katrina benefit concert "From the Big Apple to the Big Easy" -- featuring Elvis Costello, Lenny Kravitz, Allen Toussaint and others -- will raise funds beyond its New York sMusic-related aid for victims of Hurricane Katrina continues to roll in. The star-studded Hurricane Katrina benefit concert "From the Big Apple to the Big Easy" will raise funds beyond its New York setting with a live pay-per-view broadcast, while Less Than Jake has scheduled its own concert to benefit relief efforts while the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will perform in Nashville, where it has taken up temporary residence.
As previously reported, Tuesday's (Sept. 20) "Big Apple/Big Easy" show at Madison Square Garden will include performances by the likes of Simon & Garfunkel, Lenny Kravitz, Bette Midler, Elvis Costello, Diana Krall, Jimmy Buffett, John Fogerty and Ry Cooder, as well as Gulf Coast-based artists the Dixie Cups, Allen Toussaint, Buckwheat Zydeco, Clarence "Frogman" Henry, Dave Bartholomew, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Irma Thomas, Kermit Ruffins, the Neville Brothers, the Meters, the Rebirth Brass Band and Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews.
The pay-per-view broadcast will be available to a potential viewing audience of 80 million through various cable and satellite carriers for $19.95. All proceeds will go directly to relief and rebuilding efforts. Proceeds from the show, which is being underwritten entirely by Madison Square Garden, will be donated to such organizations as the Bush Clinton Katrina Fund, Habitat for Humanity, MusiCares Hurricane Relief Fund and the Children's Health Fund. For more information, visit fromthebigappletothebigeasy.com.
Florida-based modern rock act Less Than Jake has slated a club show at Gainesville's Common Grounds specifically to raise funds for relief efforts. A local Lowes hardware store will match 100% of the proceeds.
"We recorded half our last record, 'Anthem,' in New Orleans," the band's horn player J.R. says. "We basically fell in love with the city, made great friends there and adopted it as a home away from home. When we saw the destruction and pain going on there because of Katrina, we felt we had to do something."
The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra has scheduled its first performance since the hurricane on Oct. 4 in the Tennessee Performing Arts Center's Andrew Jackson Hall, home of the Nashville Symphony.
The orchestra was due to open its 2005-2006 season Sept. 15 at New Orleans' Orpheum Theatre, but it is unknown when the organization or its members and staff will be able to return to the city. The Nashville concert will benefit the LPO Relief Fund (LPO c/o Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, P.O. Box 14209, Baton Rouge, LA 70898) to continue health and instrument insurance.
"Our musicians are spread out all over the country, and after a tragedy such as Katrina, nothing heals the soul more than seeing our colleagues, our friends, and playing music with them again," LPO principal guest conductor Klauspeter Seibel says.
The concert will be offered to National Public Radio (NPR) affiliates and streamed live on NPR.org.