Happy New Year!
We at FMC are always pleased when musicians donate their time and energy to help other musicians. So we’re psyched about two shows taking place in New Orleans next week that benefit artists still struggling in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
The first event takes place on Thursday, January 10 in the Parish Room of New Orleans’ House of Blues. “Musicians Bringing Musicians Home III” features Jon Langford & the Mekons, Patrick Hallahan of My Morning Jacket, Charles Bissell of The Wrens, Kimya Dawson (who recently contributed eight songs to the hit movie Juno), Timothy Bracy of the Mendoza Line, Janet Bean of Freakwater and Craig Klein, Mat Perrine, Eric Bolivar & Bert Cotton of Bonerama. The concert is a benefit for Sweet Home New Orleans — a coalition of non-profit organizations that helps find affordable housing and provides rental assistance for the city‘s cultural ambassadors - musicians displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Tickets are available here.
The New Orleans Times-Picayune just wrote an item about this first show.
The following night, OK Go and Bonerama play a concert at Tipitina’s to aid New Orleans music legend Al “Carnival Time” Johnson and Sweet Home New Orleans. Tickets are available here. OK Go and Bonerama have also collaborated on an EP for the same cause, to be released in February. The two groups will also play at Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club on February 2. Stay tuned for further news about that show.
Check out this press release for more info on both New Orleans events.