There’s nothing like the power of music when it comes to uniting people for a good cause as musicians, New Orleans business leaders and a public radio station join forces to present Gulf Aid.
The concert, scheduled noon to 10 p.m. rain or shine May 16, takes place at New Orleans’ Mardi Gras World River City and will raise funds for wetland recovery efforts as well as fishermen and their families affected by the ever-growing oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico that resulted from the fire and explosion on board the Deepwater Horizon oil platform April 20.
Scooped up with a bucket from the Gulf of Mexico is seen on the hands of an AP reporter.
May 10, 2010
The Gulf Aid concert features performances by part-time Big Easy resident Lenny Kravitz plus Allen Toussaint, Mos Def, Ani DiFranco, The Voice Of The Wetlands Allstars (Tab Benoit, Dr. John, Cyril Neville, George Porter Jr., Waylon Thibodeaux, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Johnny Sansone and Johnny Vidacovich), Zachary Richard, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Soul Rebels Brass Band, Irvin Mayfield’s Playhouse Revue, Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers, Jeremy Davenport, Rebirth Brass Band and MyNameIsJohnMichael. More artists are expected to join the lineup in the days leading up to show time.
This is one of those events when everyone who can possibly help is stepping up to the plate. Mardi Gras World partners Joe Jaeger and Barry Kern the concert site and Rehage Entertainment, the same folks who produce New Orleans’ Voodoo Experience and Essence music festivals, is promoting the event.
New Orleans listener-supported radio station WWOZ-FM has partnered with Gulf Aid to manage and distribute monies raised by the concert which focuses on vital elements like wetlands/coastal environmental issues; the well-being of fishermen and the local seafood industry. The radio station will broadcast live from the concert.
Crews work to collect oil near and around the location where the Deepwater Horizon oil platform caught fire and sank.
May 8, 2010
Tickets are priced at $50 and are available exclusively through Elevate Tickets. You can also donate directly to the cause by sending your contribution to Gulf Aid, P.O. Box 6917, Metairie, LA 70009. For more information, click here for Elevate Tickets, here for the WWOZ-FM website and here for Gulf Aid’s Twitter page.