(May 12, 2010) In the wake of the April 20th oil rig explosion and the resulting catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the The Preservation Hall Jazz Band(PHJB) will be participating in TWO concerts this weekend to benefit Gulf Coast Recovery.
Gulf Aid Benefit Concert-New Orleans, LA, May 16th
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band will be joining Lenny Kravitz, Allen Touissaint, Mos Def, Ani DiFranco, The Voice of the Wetlands Allstars (featuring Tab Benoit, Dr. John, Cyril Neville, George Porter Jr., Waylon Thibodeaux, Johnny Sansone, and Johnny Vidacovich), Zachary Richard and more. The fundraising concert will take place on Sunday, May 16, rain or shine from noon - 10 pm at Mardi Gras World River City overlooking the Mississippi River in New Orleans. Tickets are $50 and are available exclusively via Elevate Tickets http://www.elevate.com. VIP packages will be available. All funds will be managed and distributed by GULF AID in partnership with WWOZ, Mardi Gras World, SDT Waste & Debris, Rehage Entertainment and others. . The fund has been created to assure that all monies are properly distributed to organizations to focus on two key elements of recovery – the wetlands/coastal environmental issues and the well-being of fishermen and the regional seafood industry. For more info, go to http://www.wwoz.org
The Hangout Beach Music & Arts Festival- Gulf Shores, AL , May 14-16
On Friday May 14th PHJB will be sitting in with Atlanta-based country act the Zac Brown Band at the Hangout Beach Music & Arts Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Other headliners at the Hangout Festival include Trey Anastasio and TAB, John Legend, Ben Harper and Relentless 7, The Black Crowes, Alison Krauss, The Roots, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Girl Talk, and more. Tickets and info are available at http://www.hangoutmusicfest.com/ All profits from the Festival will benefit coastal conservation and restoration.