Future of Music to Host Katrina Benefit Concert

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Future of Music Coalition will assemble a diverse group of activist musicians for meetings in New Orleans from November 3 to 6, 2006. Jackson Browne, Steve Earle, Mike Mills (of R.E.M.), Allison Moorer, Tom Morello (of Audioslave and Rage Against the Machine), Boots Riley (The Coup), Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney) will attend the gathering and perform in a benefit concert at New Orleans’ Tipitina’s on Monday, November 6. The meetings are made possible by a generous grant from the Nathan Cummings Foundation.

“Since Hurricane Katrina devastated the city just over a year ago, New Orleans has seen an inspiring number of grass-roots activist musicians working to rebuild their communities,” says Jenny Toomey, executive director of Future of Music Coalition. “This gathering is an opportunity to talk about music and activism in an environment that will support these musicians and draw attention to their ongoing struggle to rebuild.”

During the course of the weekend, the artists will meet and play a private show with legacy artists including Al “Carnival Time” Johnson, and local musicians such as Stanton Moore and James Andrews at the Ernie K-Doe Mother-In-Law Lounge. They will tour the flood damage and learn about the reconstruction efforts with the Arabi Wrecking Krewe, a non-profit volunteer organization of local musicians that helps musicians and their families salvage their homes and return to their city.

“New Orleans is still in a time of need right now,” says Craig Klein of Bonerama and the Arabi Wrecking Krewe. “The musicians are very vital and an important cultural part of New Orleans. Without them, we lose the New Orleans as we know and love. And with the help of these generous artists, FMC and many others who are concerned about us, we will be back in our homes doing what we want to do—playing music.”

The Monday night (November 6) benefit show, titled Future of Music Coalition Presents: Musicians Bringing Musicians Home, A Benefit for Arabi Wrecking Krewe, New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic and Tipitina’s Foundation, will include individual and collaborative performances by Steve Earle and some of the other visiting musicians, legacy artists and local musicians, including trombone collective Bonerama. Complete lineup and ticket details will be announced soon.

For more information, visit Future of Music Coalition at www.futureofmusic.org.