Friday, November 04, 2005


Katrina Benefit Tonight

Tonight and tomorrow at The Black Cat

We're heading down to catch WSC's acoustic set and will probably hang out for The Routineers and Monopoli. Should be swell.

Katrina's Piano FundOn November 4 and 5, the Black Cat will be doing its part to help in the rebuilding of New Orleans. We will be hosting two benefit shows to raise money for Katrina's Piano Fund- a non-profit organization dedicated to putting instruments back into the hands of musicians displaced and impoverished by the Hurricane.

KPF was founded shortly after the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina left many of New Orleans resident musicians--especially its famed brass bands--without homes and instruments. KPF President Juan LaBostrie, who was born and raised in New Orleans and who has run the soundboards for the New Orleans Jazz Festival for the past 25 years, recognized an immediate need. LaBostrie understood that the ‘soul’ of his hometown lived in its music, and that in order to rebuild, the city would need to hear its own homegrown brand of jazz, blues, and funk once again.

In order to raise money for Katrina’s Piano Fund, we have lined up two nights of amazing local bands and DJs. Standout performances will include the Washington Social Club’s first live acoustic set, Dischord’s own The Routineers, and Edie Sedgwick, an electronic act signed to local label Desoto Records. We’ve also got scene veterans Wooly Mammoth and Owls & Crows (ex-Thee Snuff Project), performing in one of their first shows. Plus, both of these nights will be anchored by popular dance DJs: Will Eastman of Bliss and DJ Lil’E of Right Round.

We are offering a special combined ticket price of $20 for the Friday and Saturday shows. Keep in mind that 100% of the proceeds from this important fundraiser (after expenses) will be going directly to Katrina’s Piano Fund and the musicians of New Orleans.

Big thanks to Atomic Music in College Park for generously donating an equipment backline and tech support for the shows.

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