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).
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
NEWORLEANS, LA—Ryan Dobrowski + Israel Nebeker (Blind Pilot), Rebecca Gates, Thao Nguyen (Thao with the Get Down Stay Down), Toshi Reagon, Matana Roberts, Jill Sobule, Jon Theodore (One Day As A Lion), New Orleans’ very own Bonerama and more will celebrate New Orleans, her community and its musical ambassadors for Musicians Bringing Musicians Home VI at One Eyed Jacks (615 Toulouse Street) on Friday, March 26 at 10pm.
As you probably know, FMC exists to improve the lives of musicians. This holiday season, we wanted to highlight our efforts in New Orleans, where too many artists are still struggling years after Hurricane Katrina drove many from their homes and communities. read more
McCaughey: I recently attended a retreat in New Orleans sponsored and led by the Future Of Music Coalition and Air Traffic Control, with the added participation of local organizations like Sweet Home New Orleans. There was sort of a dual purpose to the gathering: facilitating activism in the music community, as well as showing how local activism in New Orleans is helping the city and its musicians recover from the disaster of Katrina.
Moore first met Morello in November 2006 when the guitarist came to New Orleans for a Future of Music Coalition concert at Tipitina’s. Two nights before the benefit, Moore performed at a party at the Mother-in-Law Lounge that Morello attended.
As Moore recalled, Morello said, “Ask anybody who knows me — I hate drummers. But you’ve done nothing to offend me. You’re my new favorite drummer.”
At Tipitina’s, they briefly shared the stage; Moore also performed with trombone collective Bonerama.
Our three-day bacchanal in the Big Easy (a highly productive bacchanal, we might add) has ended, and FMC staff are back in D.C., where we're basking in the warm memories of another successful Artist Activism Camp and "Musicians Bringing Musicians Home" concert. Bet you wish you had been there! Well, maybe you were. . . if so, cheers!
This year's retreat included such talented artists as Wayne Kramer (MC5), Jolie Holland, Jon Langford (Waco Brothers, Mekons), Saul Williams, Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows, Minus 5, R.E.M.), Laura Veirs, Vijay Iyer, Erin McKeown, Bonerama, Al "Carnival Time" Johnson, Martín Perna (Antibalas, TV On the Radio, Ocote Soul Sounds), Mariam Adam (Imani Winds), Luke Reynolds (Pictures and Sounds) and Paul Sanchez. read more
FMC staff are on the way to New Orleans for our latest Artist Activism Camp and "Musicians Bringing Musicians Home" concert. There's nothing like a three-day party in the Big Easy to kick off summer!
But it's not all bourbon and gumbo. The May 20-22 retreat -- hosted by FMC and Air Traffic Control -- is the fifth since the Gulf Coast storms of 2005. Artists from around the country converge on New Orleans to tour affected neighborhoods, visit with the city's notable musicians and community leaders and participate in strategy sessions about how to integrate activism and philanthropy into their musical lives and careers. read more