Tomorrow at Mahalia Jackson Theater, Mayor Landrieu is hosting a concert to benefit Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. He’s trying to raise $100,000 at the NOLA Pay It Forward Concert. That’s pretty much all I know about it b/c it’s a last minute thingy, except to tell you that I have the honor of singing a duet with Mayor Mitch to open the night! The song we’re singing together is “The City” by Steve Earle. A bunch of awesome local musicians backing us up–one being my ex-bandmate Carlo Nuccio from the early Continental Drifters, and w/David Torkinowsky arranging & conducting as only he can. 7pm showtime. Don’t miss it. The mayor rocks!
Then after singing w/the mayor, Russ and I will head over to Howlin’ Wolf to give what we’ve got to the H.Sandy benefit on S. Peters Street. Eric Lindell, The Radiators’ Camile Baudoin and Friends, Hot 8 Brass Band, Lonely Lonely Knights Band, Katey Red, Johnny Dilks and the Highway Kind. Russ & I go on at 8:15.
Promo details from organizer, Monique Pyle: “Tickets will be available at the door for $20 each, with doors opening at 7 p.m. and event starting at 8 p.m. A ticket will include live music, donated food from Atchafalaya Restaurant, Martinique Bistro, Jacques-Imos, Le Petite Grocery and Boucherie, a silent auction and the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for prizes.
Proceeds of the benefit will be distributed between the American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund and New Jersey / New York area non-profits accepting immediate donations. In addition to ticket sale proceeds, the Benefit is seeking donations to sponsor the musicians’ performances, as well as in-kind donations for raffle prizes. Those who are interested in donating for either should contact Monique Pyle at Monique.firstname.lastname@example.org or (201) 681-5250.
Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of the New Jersey and New York coast lines on October 29, 2012 displacing thousands of families temporarily. This Benefit Concert is being coordinated by Monique Pyle, a New Orleans resident originally from New York and New Jersey.”
I want us all to remember how much love, support, and financial aid was given to us here at home by people who’s names we’ll never know. We consider it a gift to be able to pay it forward. Yay Universe! See you at The Wolf! Or at Mahalia Jackson Theater! Or at BOTH!! Thank you in advance.