November 14, 2005

Show Helps New Orleans Musicians

Head Above Water"Head Above Water," a benefit concert that will raise money to assist New Orleans musicians displaced by the devastating Hurricane Katrina, will feature over 30 local artists rocking on two stages this Friday night, November 18, at Claire de Lune Coffee Lounge in North Park.

Produced by the San Diego Music Awards Foundation and sponsored by San Diego CityBeat, "Fox Rox,", FM 94/9 and Taylor Guitars, the 7 p.m. show will include performances by Steve Poltz, Tim Flannery, Shawn P. Rohlf, Carol Ames, The Grams, Dave Howard, Joe Rathburn, Pete Thurston, Berkley Hart, Steph Johnson, Gregory Page, Joanie Mendenhall, Mark Jackson Band, Cathryn Beeks Ordeal, Four Eyes, Israel Maldonado, Terry Matsuoka, Sven-Erik Seaholm, Bart Mendoza, Victoria Robertson, Lisa Sanders, Saba, Anna Troy, Robin Henkel, Simeon Flick, Ashley Matte, Kev, Carlos Olmeda and Michael Tiernen, as well as others still to be announced.

Tickets are $15 and will be available only on the night of the show at the venue. That is a minimum donation, though, and more will be accepted gladly! Claire de Lune Coffee Lounge is located at 2906 University Avenue, right across from the newly reopened North Park Theatre.

Kevin Hellman, the associate publisher of San Diego CityBeat and president of the San Diego Music Awards Foundation, is the driving force behind the concert. I sent him an e-mail to ask how the event got started.

"I'm from New Orleans," Hellman replied. "After talking to friends and family down there, including several musicians that are basically homeless now, it just seemed like the right thing to do."

Hellman told me that he actually collected cash for the same cause during the San Diego Music Awards in September by passing around a big jug.

"We will donate to the Tipitina's Foundation in New Orleans," Hellman continued. "They are helping displaced musicians get back on their feet. Same as the Preservation Hall Foundation and a couple more. I chose this group because they do something similar year round, operating a musicians coop in New Orleans and Shreveport, to assist NOLA musicians and groups. This is affiliated with one of the premier music venues in New Orleans, Tipitina's."

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Posted at 11:03 AM in Music