Local concerts tonight benefit Hurricane Sandy victims
Shana Rose Reporting
Tonight at the Mahalia Jackson Theater it's an evening with an all-star lineup of local music to benefit those struggling to recovery from Hurricane Sandy.
The lineup includes Dumpstaphunk, Kermit Ruffins, Irvin Mayfield, Big Sam's Funky Nation, George Porter Jr., Amanda Shaw, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Big Chief Bo Dollis Jr., Stephanie Jordan, Terence Higgins, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Mia Borders, Corey Henry, James Andrews, the Stooges Brass Band, Khris Royal and Sasha Masakowski.
Tickets are $50 per person and available at the Mahalia Jackson Box Office or Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or on-line at Ticketmaster.com. (On each ticket sold, Ticketmaster will donate $3.90 of its service fee to the NOLA Pay it Forward Fund.)
Scott Hutcheson, Mayor Mitch Landrieu's advisor to the cultural economy who's putting this show together says it's part of the city's efforts with the Pay It Forward Fund, which does not use tax dollars. "The people of the East Coast were tremendously supportive and helpful after Katrina down here. And the idea of paying it forward is something that certainly Mayor Landrieu believes in. And this fund is a way for everyone to participate in that philosophy."
Can't go to the concert? The Pay It Forward Fund will accept any donation now on-line.
Another New Orleans Hurricane Sandy Benefit Concert will be held this evening at The Howlin' Wolf of New Orleans at 907 South Peters Street. Organizers say this fundraiser will feature local musicians such as Eric Lindell, The Radiators' Camile Baudoin and Friends, Hot 8 Brass Band, Johnny Dilks and the Highway Kind, and more.
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 organizers say between the American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund and New Jersey/New York area non-profits accepting immediate donations. This benefit concert is being coordinated by Monique Pyle, a New Orleans resident originally from New York and New Jersey.
Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of the New Jersey and New York coast lines on October 29, 2012 displacing thousands of families.