Thursday, May 24, Air Traffic Control and the Future of Music Coalition’s “Dear NOLA: A Concert for New Orleans” will return to the Blue Nile, showcasing a singular evening of performances by both local and national musicians.
The concert is the culmination of the two organizations’ artist activist retreat, which brings musicians annually from around the country to New Orleans to meet and discuss different ways to integrate activism and philanthropy into their work.
Proceeds from the concert will once again go to benefit New Orleans-based nonprofits Sweet Home New Orleans and the Gulf Restoration Network, two organizations with a legacy of commitment to preserving and protecting Louisiana’s cultural and natural environments.
Big Star was an amazing band from Memphis, TN that put out a couple of records in the late 70s that are seminal in the rock canon. In fact, you probably know one of their songs: “In the Street” was used as the theme song of “That 70s Show” (though that’s Cheap Trick, not Big Star, performing the song).
Since Hurricane Katrina, the Future of Music Coalition, a nationwide coalition of musician activists, has staged retreats and concerts in New Orleans to benefit local entities. The seventh installment, at the Blue Nile, features Bonerama with Cody Chesnutt, DJ Spooky/That Subliminal Kid, Helen Bruner and Terry Jones, Jenny Toomey and Kristin Thomson of Tsunami, M1 of Dead Prez, Sunpie Barnes and more; proceeds benefit Sweet Home New Orleans and the Gulf Restoration Network.
Air-Traffic Control and the Future of Music Coalition are institutions that exist to help musicians to play a part in social justice, having assembled a web of people and resources that allow them to more cohesively and effectively collaborate with each other and with other social institutions.
Since 2006, the two organizations have been teaming up for “artist activism” retreats in New Orleans. The retreats give artists—some already known for their activism, such as Tom Morello, Mike Mills of R.E.M., and Boots Riley of the Coup—an opportunity to interact with and directly benefit New Orleans and our people in this post-Katrina and BP oil disaster city.
The Dear NOLA Benefit Concert, which raises money for the Louisiana nonprofit organizations Sweet Home New Orleans and Gulf Restoration Network, goes down February 17 at Blue Nile in New Orleans. The New Orleans brass band Bonerama will play with guests like Mirah, members of Rogue Wave and DeVotchKa, DJ Spooky, Cody ChesnuTT, Sage Francis, Dead Prez’s M1, and Tsunami’s Jenny Toomey and Kristin Thomson.
NEWORLEANS, LA—New Orleans brass-fueled sensations Bonerama team up with Cody ChesnuTT, DJ Spooky/That Subliminal Kid, Grammy Nominated Helen Bruner + Terry Jones, Jenny Toomey & Kristin Thomson of Tsunami, M1 of Dead Prez, Mirah, Sage Francis, Shawn King of Devotchka, Sunpie Barnes and Zach Rogue to celebrate New Orleans, her community and its musical ambassadors for “Dear NOLA: a Concert for New Orleans,” at Blue Nile (532 Frenchmen Street) on Thursday, February 17.
Doors are at 9pm and admission is $10 in advance and can be purchased online at the Blue Nile website (www.bluenilelive.com); $15 at the door. read more