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Thursday, September 08, 2005

What If We Give It Away?

From the Wilco web site: A fund has been established to help displaced New Orleans musicians, who go without healthcare, pensions, and economic stability so you people can dance like idiots when you go on vacation. See below for instructions on how to make a donation.
This is from a friend of ours named Jef Beninato.

These funds will go to our fellow musicians who are currently displaced throughout the country. All funds go to provide shelter and food, as well as replacing gear, which is badly needed for future work.

Those in need are all working musicians who’ve played in the French Quarter, Jazzfest, Casinos and are all out of work until they can retrieve their gear.

My wife and I are musicians and have evacuated temporarily to Chicago, which we consider our sister city. We want to send help out to our musical family on the road from coast to coast. Everyone is trying to stay in touch with email, and we’ll all in a state of shock.

Our good friends who are without homes right now include Susan Cowsill of the Cowsills, Cranston Clements who has played with the Nevilles and Dr. John, Peter Holsapple of the dB’s, myself, a former dBs, Fred LeBlanc and Paul Sanchez of Cowboy Mouth to name a few.

Katrina is an unspeakable tragedy. Thanks in advance for any assistance you can give. Donations being accepted at:

New Orleans Musicians Relief Fund
Chase Acct: 699721957

UPDATE: The fund now has a web site where you can make donations online. Go here and give.