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New Orleans Artists Relief Fund (NOLA Arts), April 14 -15, 2006 at 7:30 PM, at Jimmy Tingle's Off Broadway Theatre

Jimmy Tingle's Off Broadway Theatre presents a unique spin on what may seem like the ubiquitous Katrina benefit. On Friday and Saturday, April 14 & 15, help support New Orleans street performers adversely affected by the hurricane and enjoy a great evening of comedy and music.

Jimmy Tingle will perform his trademark combination of comedy and commentary, bringing wit and his own unique perspective to the day's political events.

Jeremy Lyons has entertained thousands on the streets of the New Orleans, armed with no more than his naked voice and National guitar. He moved to Cambridge from New Orleans in September of 2005, and has since begun performing around Boston and New York. He will perform solo and be joined on stage by local talent, including members of Session Americana: Ry Cavanaugh, Sean Staples, Jimmy Fitting, Billy Beard, Dinty Child and Kimon Kirk performing blues, country, rock and folk -- the music that has become known as Americana., Fish the Magish and Morphine. For more about Jeremy Lyons, go to

Jeremy Lyons Jimmy Tingle Fish the Magish

Bringing everything home, there will be a photographic display of the destruction of Jeremy's New Orleans home as well as salvaged artifacts, such as Jeremy's ruined guitars.

Join Jimmy, Jeremy, and special guests as they raise money for some of Katrina's forgotten victims. Show time is 7:30. Tickets are $20 for Friday and $25 for Saturday night, and can be purchased in advance at or by calling 1-866-811-4111.

New Orleans, Louisiana Arts and Artists Relief Fund (NOLA ARTS):

Boston and Cambridge area artists and musicians have begun to organize benefit events and activities to raise funds for New Orleans Artists and Musicians who have been devastated by hurricane Katrina. Community Arts Advocates will provides the nonprofit support and structure for the efforts and donations. The fundraising focus will be monetary assistance, as well as instruments, props, supplies and funds for folk, Creole, and street performers and street artists. Details here -- On-line donations here --

Seeking Book Donations

The New Orleans Public Library (New Orleans LA) The New Orleans Public Library is asking for any and all hardcover and paperback books for people of all ages in an effort to restock the shelves after Katrina. The staff will assess which titles will be designated for its collections. The rest will be distributed to destitute families or sold for library fundraising. Please send your books to: Rica A. Trigs, Public Relations New Orleans Public Library 219 Loyola Avenue New Orleans, LA 70112 If you tell the post office that they are for the library in New Orleans, they will give you the library rate which is slightly less than the book rate.

Rise Up! Art, Sounds and Shrines: A Benefit for the New Orleans Arts Council

ARTSomerville and the Somerville Arts Council invite you to join in upcoming month-long fundraiser for the New Orleans Arts Council.


Feb 2 to March 3: Exhibit dates

Thur, Feb 2, 6-8pm: Shrine decorating event

Fri, Feb 3, 6-9pm: Opening reception; music by Shaun Wolf Wortis and Gato Malo; beaded necklace making with Spark Craft Studios

Sat, Feb 4, 3-5pm: New Orleans Photojournalist Donn Young discusses Katrina, its aftermath and rebuilding New Orleans' arts landscape

Fat Tues, Feb 28, 6-8pm: Mardi Gras Pancake Feast; acoustic music by Eric Goodrich

Thurs, March 2, 6-9pm: Closing celebration with Revolutionary Snake Ensemble plus New Orleans Delta Blues musician Jeremy Lyons


"Rise Up!" Closing Reception with the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble: Thurs, March 2, 6-9pm The Revolutionary Snake Ensemble is a riotous funk & street beat brass band, playing New Orleans-style and other modern improvised celebratory music--from '60s R&B to West African funk. Led by saxophonist Ken Field, the group has performed at the Krewe of Muses 2005 Mardi Gras Parade (New Orleans), the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Following the Snakes' performance in the Nave Sanctuary, there will be a closing reception in the gallery with music provided by New Orleans Delta Blues musician Jeremy Lyons, who has been living in Boston after being displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Lyons, who mixes up fluid finger picking with searing slides on his steel guitar, is not to be missed. Admission for this event is a $10 suggested donaton

"The City of New Orleans," Arlo Guthrie Two Week Train Benefit - December 2005

Arlo Guthrie plans to send the train he made famous in his recording of the Steve Goodman song, "The City of New Orleans," on a mission to help the musicians and the music of the city of New Orleans. Guthrie says he and other musicians will set out on the train two weeks before Christmas: Beginning in Chicago, the train will make stops along the way to collect donations, as well as musical and sound equipment to be delivered as a Christmas present to the musical venues in need in New Orleans and other Gulf Coast cities Details at: Rising Son Records, 10741 US Highway 1, Sebastian, FL 32958 (772) 589-5438

NYC Village Halloween parade hosts

New Orleans Second Line and Symbolic Jazz Funeral

Monday, October 31st 7pm

The Rebirth Brass Band and Hot 8 are rollin!!!!

Seeking 25 New Orleans evacuees to Volunteer and represent!

Volunteer ŒMain Line‚ steppers and lantern carriers to meet at 4:00 p.m. Monday, October 31ST to organize, practice, and meet the press. Volunteers will receive complementary admission into the AFTER PARADE BENEFIT at Satalla featuring THE REBIRTH BRASS BAND, New York's Hungry March Band, the Sugar Tone and the Pontani Sisters Burlesque Trio. Volunteers please R.S.V.P with contact information to

New Orleans Second Line and Symbolic Jazz Funeral

  • To honor our collective grief, loss, and struggles
  • To celebrate the joy of our unique cultures and diversified communities
  • You are invited to roll in the Second Line with The Rebirth Brass Band and Hot 8 Brass Band. If you want to Second Line with the Bands come to 6th Avenue one block South of Spring Street, 6:15 p.m.
  • Parade map route:

This year NYC‚s theme will respond to the crisis in New OrleansˆNYC‚s sister City. There will be a lantern in the image of a coffin to symbolize our collective grief and loss, and lanterns in the shape of New Orleans landmarks ranging from Preservation Hall to the Magnolia Projects. This year they will revive the Phoenix Puppet which will rise out of the waters that swamped New Orleans. The puppet and lanterns will be carried by evacuees from New Orleans who are living in NYC.

Keeping the Spirit Alive !!!

Volunteers must R.S.V.P reply to

Or call 1-845-758-5519 ( please give name& contact info: email and phone number)

Parade map route:

This is a big New York Parade, 2 million people! Lets roll with it !



Adah Hann, New Orleans Performing Artist

NOLA/NYC Event Liasion

Oct. 30 "Bayou Bash" at MIT to feature and benefit top New Orleans musicians

Cambridge, MASŁNew Orleans performers and guests will converge at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) October 28-30 for a series of "Bayou Bash" events to benefit both the victims of Hurricane Katrina and now-struggling musicians from the vibrant New Orleans music community.

Organized as part of MIT's 2005 Fall Festival, the events have two main goals: to provide a concert venue for New Orleans' displaced musicians, many of whom have lost both homes and performance spaces; and to raise funds for Pass Christian, Mississippi's high school music program and another local New Orleans charity to be named by the MIT Public Service Center.

The highlight of the Festival is a rare coming together of an array of New Orleans musical genres in a "Bayou Bash" concert, open to the public, on Sunday, October 30 at 7pm. Performances include the blues and gospel of Marva Wright , Zydeco with Rockin' Dupsie, Jr., traditional jazz with Bob French and his Tuxedo Jazz Band, the Lil Stooges Brass Band, and jazz singer-pianist Davell Crawford. Special guest performers will be the Wild Magnolias, the culturally unique "Mardi Gras Indians" who parade through the streets on Mardi Gras day dressed in the "new suits" (the very fanciful Indian Costumes), led by Big Chief Bo Dollis.

"Most of these band members and performers lost everything they worked their lifetime to accumulate, including their instruments and equipment," said Barbara Louviere, a visiting MIT Scholar from New Orleans who spearheaded the "Bayou Bash" events. "Many had lived in the same neighborhoods but were forced to scatter after Hurricane Katrina," Louviere continued. The reunion concert, she said, will help these musicians rebuild their lives by giving them the opportunity to get back to work and perform the music that they love.

Numerous local sponsors have contributed transportation, lodging and other goods and services for these events, said Louviere. "The support of this project from the MIT community and from the Cambridge community has been very generous," she said.

Tickets for the Sunday evening concert are $15 ($5 for MIT students, $10 for MIT staff, faculty and affiliates). They are currently available on-line at to members of the MIT community. Tickets for the general public go on sale Friday, October 21.

Event: Bayou Bash Concert featuring The Wild Magnolias

Date: Sunday, October 30, 2005

Time: 7pm (doors open at 6:30pm)

Place: Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Ave.

Description: Gathering of New Orleans musicians including Big Chief Bo Dollis & the famous Mardi Gras Indians, The Wild Magnolias, performing perform with other renowned artists including: Marva Wright, Davell Crawford, Rockin' Dopsie, Jr, Bob French and the Lil Stooges Brass Band. Charity event to support the artists as well as local foundations in the Gulf Coast.

Tickets: $15 ($5 for MIT students; $10 for MIT staff, faculty and affiliates). Online purchases can be made at General public tickets available starting October 21.

Web site:

Information: Tom Robinson, 617/253-6777,

Press Contact: Mary Haller, 617-253-4006,

MIT Sponsors: Division of Student Life and your Student Life Fee, School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, MIT Music and Theater Arts, Council for the Arts at MIT, Office of the Arts, Simmons Hall, New House, The MIT Women's League, SaveTFP, Sidney-Pacific Graduate Community, Westgate Residence Hall

Community Partners: JetBlue Airways, The Cambridge Hyatt Hotel, The Cambridge Royal Sonesta Hotel, The Leitch Foundation

New Music New Hope New Orleans

October 5, 8 PM, $12

Somerville Theater, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, MA

Apollo Sunshine, Furvis Protokoll with special guest Mieka Pauley

Americans for the Arts

Emergency Relief Fund

September 15, 2005-Americans for the Arts, the nation's leading arts advocacy organization, announced today that it has established the Americans for the Arts Emergency Relief Fund, a permanent fund developed to provide timely financial assistance to areas impacted by a major disaster for the purpose of helping them rebuild the arts in their communities. Created with an initial contribution of $100,000 from Americans for the Arts' own reserves, the relief fund will distribute support directly to local arts agencies to assist with their own recovery or to provide needed services and funding to local nonprofit arts groups and individual artists and to other relief efforts dedicated to helping the arts. One-hundred percent of the contributions to the Emergency Relief Fund will go directly to these efforts.

Learn more about the fund, how to apply, and how to donate through our Emergency Relief Fund page

Americans for the Arts Response to Hurricane Katrina

September 02, 2005-I know you join with us in expressing grief and concern about the devastation from Hurricane Katrina that has affected our colleagues in the mid-south region. Americans for the Arts staff are working hard to connect with our members in the affected regions and to offer help in any way possible. Learn more about our efforts <get_involved/membership/katrina/default.asp>, tell us about yours <get_involved/membership/katrina/katrina_share.asp> and find out more about how arts organizations <get_involved/membership/katrina/organization_resources/default.asp> and others in the arts community <get_involved/membership/katrina/stories/default.asp> are responding to this tragedy.

SUN, Oct. 2, 12 Noon - 6 PM

Fish the Magish and Jeremy Lyons and others at Harvard Square October Fest

Street Stage on corner of JF Kennedy and Mounty Auburn Streets during festival.

The donation box.

A donation form is located here

Fish the Magish, The Third Life (,

John Bigelow Apollo Web Site, Jeremy Lyons

SUN, Oct. 2, 5 PM - 9 PM

Hurricane Katrina Salsa Benefit


Dance Performances: Mambo Slaves,

Salsa y Control, Jam'Nastics, Hips On Fire

DJ's: DJ Hernan & Master Pedro Santiago

Spontaneous Celebrations

45 Danforth St, Jamaica Plain


OCTOBER 1 in Baltimore- Benefit for New Orleans Musicians Clinic In Exile

Johnny D's, 17 Holland Street, Davis Square, Somerville, MA 617-776-2004

Two Benefits:

Sunday, September 18, 4:30-8:30 PM $15 Boogaloo Swamis plus Hot Tamale Brass Band

Wednesday, September 28, 8:30 PM Henry Butler (who lost home in storm) plus Amadee Castanell

Also will be working on truck of instruments and supplies.....

The 4th annual Pike Market Buskers' Festival, which is happening September 18th in Seattle, WA will be dedicating proceeds to New Orleans charities. Details see:


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