Harry Connick Jr., Randy Jackson to Co-Host Benefit Concert for Louisiana Flood Victims

Harry Connick Jr.
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Harry Connick Jr.

Harry Connick, Jr. and Randy Jackson are teaming up to bring aid to their home state of Louisiana.

The former American Idol judges are set to co-host Louisiana Rising: A Benefit Concert for Flood Relief on Labor Day (Sept. 5). The live broadcast will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the River Center Theater. Proceeds from the event will benefit the American Red Cross's Louisiana Flood Relief Center, according to The Advocate.

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"Saddened by the devastating tragedies that keep affecting my Louisiana," Jackson said. "I want to help restore hope to people that are hurting in a place that I will always call home."

Connick added that he wanted to bring "much needed attention to the good people of Louisiana."

"So sorry that my home state is undergoing such hardship once again," he said. "Seems like just yesterday that Katrina left a path of destruction,"

American Idol season 15 alum MacKenzie Bourg, who was born in Lafayette, Louisiana, will perform. The cause is close to Bourg's heart, as family members were affected by the floods.

The lineup also includes Better Than Ezra, Sonny Landreth, Chris Thomas King, and Luther Kent. Johnny Palazzotto of Baton Rouge will serve as the musical director. A full lineup is expected to be announced next week.


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