Musicians Bringing Musicians Home IV Benefit Announced

posted November 20, 2008

Musicians Bringing Musicians Home IV Benefit Announced

Will Oldham (Bonnie “Prince” Billy), Nicole Atkins, Hank Shocklee (Bomb Squad, Future Frequency), Alec Ounsworth (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah), Jonny 5 and Brer Rabbit (Flobots) and Waterflow (of Senegalese hip-hop band Wageble) join together for “Musicians Bringing Musicians Home IV” – a special evening of music at Tipitina’s Uptown (501 Napoleon Ave.) on Thursday, December 4, 2008 at 9pm. This show is a benefit for Sweet Home New Orleans, a coalition of non-profit organizations that helps find affordable housing and provides rental assistance for Katrina displaced musicians, Mardi Gras performers and other traditional New Orleans artists.

Tickets for the concert are onsale now at and in person at the Tipitina’s box office. Admission is $12 with all proceeds going to benefit the work of Sweet Home New Orleans.

“This year’s retreat and benefit concert look to be amazing,” says previous “Musicians Bringing Musicians Home” participant Jim James of My Morning Jacket. “Will Oldham is a Kentucky legend and one of the most inspired artists performing today. Hank Shocklee has produced some of the greatest music ever recorded and Nicole Atkins is one of the strongest new voices to arrive in quite some time. I’m sure it will be an evening of sheer delight and emotion as these artists and others from the NOLA music community and beyond will share the stage and bring the love.”

The “Musicians Bringing Musicians Home IV” concert is the celebratory and fundraising finale of the fourth three-day activist retreat hosted by Air Traffic Control and the Future of Music Coalition since the Gulf Coast storms of 2005. This retreat brings established and emerging artists from around the country to New Orleans to tour affected neighborhoods, visit with some of the city’s notable musicians and community leaders and participate in strategy sessions about how to integrate activism and philanthropy into their work as musicians. Through these activities, musicians share their experiences, learn how to “plug-in” to activist circles, and discuss how to best address needs in their hometowns and in the communities through which they tour.

Past retreat participants have included Steve Earle, Tom Morello, Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Boots Riley (the Coup) Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney), Damian Kulash (OK Go), Nick Harmer (Death Cab for Cutie), the Indigo Girls, Matt Nathanson, Jim James and Patrick Hallahan (My Morning Jacket), Jon Langford (the Mekons) and others.

Jim James of My Morning Jacket, who participated in last year’s retreat and benefit show, describes his feelings on the experience: "I feel so fortunate to be able to have come to New Orleans to learn and celebrate with fellow friends, artists and musicians from NOLA and around the country. It is so important for us to keep New Orleans and its rich musical heritage alive and on people's minds alongside the many other issues the world is dealing with right now. It’s hard to believe there are still countless unresolved situations from the damage and mismanagement of Katrina and other Gulf Coast storms. The good people of New Orleans deserve their due, as there are still so many wrongs to be righted and unfinished situations that need to be dealt with fairly.”

No two “Musicians Bringing Musicians Home” benefit concerts are the same. Past events have proven to be a special night of collaboration among artists with many performing together for the first time and others sitting in on each other’s sets. These unique partnerships arise out of the camaraderie established during the retreat and, in some cases, continue long after participants have left New Orleans.