NEWÂ ORLEANS, LA â€“ Last week,Â two benefit concertsÂ raised over $6,000 for Sweet Home New Orleans â€” a coalition of non-profit organizations that helps find affordable housing and provides rental assistance for the cityâ€™s musicians â€” and Big Easy music legend Al â€œCarnival Timeâ€ Johnson.Â The concerts were the culmination of FMC and ATCâ€™s annual Artist Activism Camp, which brings together established and emerging artists to discuss best practices for artist advocacy. For two days prior to the concerts, the benefitsâ€™ performers toured New Orleans, visiting the Ninth Ward and hearing from some of the cityâ€™s musicians about the efforts to revitalize their music community.
On February 2, Bonerama and OK Go will meet for another benefit, this time at Washington, D.C.â€™s 9:30 Club. The show is in support ofÂ You’re Not Alone, a digital EP the two bands put together after OK Go spent the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina recording with the New Orleans funk-soul band deep in the cityâ€™s Upper 9th Ward. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the EP â€” available exclusively at iTunes â€” will benefit Al Johnson and other members of New Orleansâ€™ music community who are still struggling to rebuild their homes and their lives in the wake of Katrina. read more