Massive Benefit Concert Scheduled for Sunday

Yesterday, Rehage Entertainment, the producers of the Essence Music Festival and the Voodoo Music Experience, announced an all-day, into-the-night concert to raise money and awareness concerning the environmental disaster that continues to unfold in the Gulf of Mexico and on the coast of Louisiana.  The lineup is very impressive for an event that was announced less than a week before it’s is scheduled for the grounds outside of Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World (East Bank).  Lenny Kravitz (pictured) is the headliner, but with Mos Def and Ani DiFranco also on the bill, that could be debated depending on where your musical loyalties lie.  Also scheduled to perform is the cream of the crop of local musicians including Allen Toussaint, the Voice of the Wetlands Allstars (featuring Tab Benoit, Dr. John, Cyril Neville, George Porter Jr., Waylon Thibodeaux, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Johnny Sansone, and Johnny Vidacovich), Zachary Richard, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Soul Rebels Brass Band, Irvin Mayfield’s Playhouse Review, Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers, Jeremy Davenport, Rebirth Brass Band, and MyNameIsJohnMichael.  The concert is scheduled from 10 AM until 10 PM.

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