Music Remains Substantial Source Of Katrina Aid
Two weeks following the devastating Hurricane Katrina, a host of music-related initiatives are raising funds for those suffering the effects of the storm.Two weeks following the devastating Hurricane Katrina, a host of music-related initiatives are raising funds for those suffering the effects of the storm.
CONCERTS AND TOURS: With logistical and scheduling concerns scotching their planned Unite the United Oct. 8 benefit concert, organizers of the Warped and Taste of Chaos tours have pledged 50 cents from every ticket sold from their 2006 outings toward Hurricane Katrina charities to be determined. Basing estimates on this year's attendance, more than $450,000 could be raised, with checks to be delivered to the beneficiaries following each show.
Despite the benefit show's cancellation, an online auction will be held through UniteTheUnited.com. Additionally, the Warped and Taste of Chaos sites will include links to various organizations collecting donations for hurricane victims.
New York-based artists Elvis Costello and Lou Reed will appear alongside New Orleans' Buckwheat Zydeco, Little Queenie and the ReBirth Jazz Band at Parting the Waters, a Sept. 24 event at New York's Town Hall put together by The New Yorker. The show, which will benefit the Red Cross and find the magazine's parent company, Conde Nast, matching the contribution of net proceeds to the American Red Cross, will also boast the participation of Woody Allen, Kevin Kline, Toni Morrison and Richard Ford, among others.
New York's Irving Plaza will host MOJO Aid on Sept. 18, featuring performances by Debbie Harry, Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, Jesse Malin, Joseph Arthur, Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, Butch Walker and Marah. Throughout the evening, original artwork and pieces of music memorabilia will be auctioned, with all proceeds to benefit the Red Cross.
"Everybody seemed very down with this," says Malin, who initiated the effort. "There is a real feeling of everyone wanting to come out and contribute to this cause."
Tomorrow (Sept. 13), also in New York, Jesse Colin Young, PM Dawn and others will participate in Get Together, a fundraiser at comedy club the Laugh Factory. The Red Cross will also benefit from this show.
Among the latest to pledge proceeds from a single show to the cause are veteran rock artists Steve Winwood and Meat Loaf. The latter found himself without a Sept. 16 gig as the planned venue, the Beau Rivage Casino in Biloxi, Miss., was demolished by Katrina. He will instead play a Sept. 17 show at Oglethorpe Speedway Park in Savannah, Ga., from which all proceeds will benefit the Red Cross' hurricane relief fund.
Winwood has scheduled an Oct. 8 show at Chicago's House of Blues that will also benefit the Red Cross. "My heart is with all who have been affected by Hurricane Katrina's devastation," says Winwood, who chose the venue as a tribute to good memories he has of playing the HOB outlet in New Orleans and other Big Easy venues. "It is my hope, though, that through generosity we can help the survivors and this great city get back on their feet."
ONLINE AUCTIONS: A memorabilia auction organized by actor Morgan Freeman through Charity Folks, has drawn dozens of items from the Hollywood community, as well lots from musicians B.B. King, Kenny Chesney, Nickelback, Boney James, the Neville Brothers and Red Cross celebrity spokesperson Sara Evans.
"My responsibility is to get the word out every opportunity I get, whether through my Web site, in interviews or to my fans," says Evans, who joined Alan Jackson in donating proceeds from their concert last week in Columbus, Ohio, to the Red Cross.
The Mimi Fishman Foundation, founded by the late mother of former Phish drummer Jon Fishman, is hosting the online auction Conscious Alliance, which, as previously reported, has been collecting and delivering food to storm refugees at Houston's Astrodome. The organization has already raised more than $25,000 via its Web site, where items from the String Cheese Incident, Michael Franti and artist Stanley Mouse will be sold.
MUSICIANS AID: The purveyors of the rich musical heritage of the Gulf Coast region are being cared for through the work of several musicians' organizations. Legendary New Orleans venue Preservation Hall, which survived the storm, has established the New Orleans Hurricane Relief Fund (PO Box 9081, Miramar Beach, FL 32550). All proceeds from donations will go directly to New Orleans musicians.
The Hillsborough, N.C.-based Music Maker Relief Foundation has set up the New Orleans Musicians Fund to extend help to the area's fractured music community. Among other artists, the group is currently aiding bluesman Little Freddie King, initially feared lost in the storm, but now among the many survivors in need of help.
Big Easy-based New Orleans' Musicians Clinic (NOMC) has been working from Lafayette, La., where a gathering of the displaced community was held last week at the Grant Street music club.
In addition to working with venues to find work for musicians, the NOMC has arranged with the Jazz Foundation of America to secure replacement instruments for some artists. Further help in the form of donations is being sought for the non-profit SWALHEC/NOMC Relief Fund through Iberia Bank (200 West Congress, Lafayette, La. 70501; acct. 170 700 9057).