Benefit concerts for Gulf oil spill and Nashville flood planned
Lenny Kravitz, Ani DiFranco to headline Gulf Aid, while Faith Hill organizes massive celebrity-fueled event for Nashville.
Thu, May 13, 2010 at 11:47 AM
HELPING OUT: Lenny Kravitz performs at the Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans. (Photo: Tom Zinn/WENN.com)
In an effort to assist residents dealing with the oil spill in the Gulf, artists such as Lenny Kravitz, Allen Toussaint, Mos Def and Ani DiFranco are helping to throw a benefit concert on May 16 in New Orleans' Mardi Gras World River City.
Appropriately called Gulf Aid, all proceeds raised will go to organizations that help the region's seafood industry and organizations that address environmental issues, including wetlands recovery.
“Thousands of families across south Louisiana will potentially be impacted for years to come and will need all the help they can get to survive," Ewell Smith, executive director of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board said in a statement. "They bring the catch of Louisiana seafood to America's tables.”
Tickets are $50 and are available here.
Meanwhile, from one disaster to another, Faith Hill and husband Tim McGraw are hosting a star-studded benefit concert next month to raise funds for those hit hard by the recent Tennessee floods.
"The damage that we've seen to people's homes and the effect that the flooding has had on their lives is unimaginable," Hill and McGraw said in a statement. "We all need to continue to support those in need in any way that we can, and for that reason we could not be more appreciative to all of the artists, the companies and the people behind the scenes who collectively will make June 22 a truly special night."
The event, called Nashville Rising: A Benefit Concert for Flood Recovery will take place at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, with tickets — ranging in price from $25-$75 — going on sale May 14 here.
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