Musicians such as Sally Timms, Jon Langford, My Morning Jacket’s Patrick Hallahan and Kimya Dawson are uniting in New Orleans next week for Musicians Bringing Musicians Home III, a concert “retreat” to benefit NOLA non-profits.
Sponsored by Future of Music Coalition and music and activism organization Air Traffic Control, the Jan. 10 event will take place at the House of Blues.
Other featured artists include Charles Bissell of the Wrens, Timothy Bracy of the Mendoza Line, Janet Bean of Freakwater and several members of local legends Bonerama. The next night, the latter band will play with OK Go at Tipitina’s, to benefit Sweet Home New Orleans and New Orleans R&B singer Al “Carnival Time” Johnson.
The two bands first crossed paths last year when OK Go frontman Damien Kulash performed at Bringing Musicians Home II. Bonerama and OK Go then decided to record “You’re Not Alone,” an EP due Feb. 5.
“I was initially supposed to play solo, but then I asked if anyone else was playing. They paired me up with [Bonerama] and suddenly I was playing with a brass funk orchestra,” Kulash tells Billboard.com. “They literally walked into soundcheck and started playing. It was magical.”
All proceeds from the concert and album sales will go toward the aforementioned charities.