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.
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.
NEWORLEANS, LA ? On January 10, Nellie McKay, Jon Langford & Sally Timms of 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 and Bert Cotton of Bonerama come together in a benefit for musicians displaced by Hurricane Katrina. The following night, OK Go and Bonerama play a show to aid New Orleans music legend Al “Carnival Time” Johnson and 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. OK Go and Bonerama have also collaborated on an EP for the same cause, to be released in February. read more
WASHINGTON, D.C.? Hot on the heels of the release of a collaborative digital EP, irrepressible pop-rockers OK Go and funky New Orleans brass act Bonerama joined forces for a sold-out performance at Washington D.C.?s 9:30 Club on Saturday, February 2. The bands ? who originally met at Future of Music Coalition?s annual Artist Activism Camp in New Orleans ? played energetic sets to raise over $8,000 for New Orleans musicians, including Mardi Gras hero Al ?Carnival Time? Johnson and Sweet Home New Orleans.
OK Go and Bonerama?s new EP, You?re Not Alone, will be available exclusively on iTunes on Tuesday, February 5. All proceeds from the collaboration will go to benefit musicians like Al ?Carnival Time? Johnson, who lost his home and possessions in Hurricane Katrina. read more
WASHINGTON, D.C.â€” On February 2, OK Go and Bonerama will join forces for a benefit at Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club. The show is in support of You’re Not Alone, a digital EP the two bands put together after OK Go spent the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina recording with the New Orleans funk-soul band deep in the city’s Upper 9th Ward. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the EP â€” available exclusively at iTunes â€” will benefit Al “Carnival Time” Johnson and other members of New Orleans’ music community who are still struggling to rebuild their homes and their lives in the wake of Katrina. The five-song mini-album will be released on February 5 â€” Mardi Gras. read more