New Orleans’ Bonerama has confirmed a special evening of music for October 4. The group will perform at Washington, DC’s Black Cat as part of the Dear New Orleans Benefit concert. A variety of guess will sit in with the band throughout the night, including: Damian Kulash (OKgo), Jenny Toomy (Tsunami), Franklin Bruno, Hank Shocklee (The Bomb Squad), Jonny 5 (Flobots), Wonderlick, Rebecca Gates (The Spinanes) and others. The show will also coincide with the Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit.
This three-day event brings together the brightest minds in music, technology, policy and law. Artists, managers, policymakers, technologists, legal experts, academics, media mavens and more will decend on Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. from Oct. 3-5 to talk about the pressing issues that impact the entire music ecosystem. read more
The nonprofit activist group Air Traffic Control and the Future of Music Coalition have produced “Dear New Orleans,” a digital benefit compilation for the people of the Gulf. It includes such artists as My Morning Jacket, Indigo Girls, and the Wrens.read more
For the past five years, Future of Music Coalition has worked alongside Air Traffic Control — a nonprofit that supports musicians and music managers in their efforts to create positive social change — to improve conditions for New Orleans’ cultural ambassadors.
FMC and ATC’s artist activism retreats in New Orleans bring established and developing musical talent to the Big Easy to talk about ways to incorporate advocacy and philanthropy into their lives and careers. Attendees experience the vibrant culture of New Orleans while talking to residents about efforts to rehabilitate the neighborhoods and communities most affected by Hurricane Katrina. read more
I’m biased, of course, but I think the album rocks pretty hard. The full line-up will be announced next week, but for now I can tell you that A) it includes several of my personal heroes, B) all the participating artists are alumni of the artist-activism retreats ATC and the Future of Music Coalition have been hosting in New Orleans for the last few years and which I blogged about last March, C) it comes with a booklet featuring artwork by the Mekons’ Jon Langford and some liner notes by yours truly, and D) Wonderlick has a new track on the album.