New Orleans is American music. You’d be hard pressed to name another city that has had a more fundamental role in the creation of the sounds that we think of as distinctly American. Unfortunately, that legacy was dealt a major blow by Hurricane Katrina — New Orleans musicians were scattered across the country. Nearly two years later many still have not returned home.
The situation has prompted a group of musicians to travel to New Orleans to tour the damage and play a benefit show for housing for musicians and artists. The show will feature the Indigo Girls, OK GO’s Damian Kulash, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, Matt Nathanson, multi-media artist Mike Relm, and performance artist Pamela Z. These big national acts will play along some New Orleans legends: Al "Carnival Time" Johnson and Bonerama. It will be at Tipitina’s Uptown on Sunday May 27 at 8 p.m. The proceeds will benefit Sweet Home New Orleans, a coalition of non-profit organizations that help musicians and artists displaced by Katrina get new housing. We’re proud to present this event along with our friends over at Air Traffic Control.
Ticket are available through the Tipitina’s web site.