Friday, September 02, 2005

Katrina: Music industry in disarray after the storm

Here is a Reuters news article about the uncertain future of the vast music industry based in New Orleans, from live venues to independent retailers to the radio business.

Relief concerts have already begun.

Many in the music industry not directly affected by the hurricane set about to assist the victims. Some of the higher-profile efforts included a Sept. 12 Dave Matthews benefit concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver; a Sept. 10 special on MTV, VH1 and CMT; and "A Concert for Hurricane Relief," an hourlong TV special scheduled that aired Friday on NBC, MSNBC and CNBC, featuring Tim McGraw, Harry Connick Jr., Wynton Marsalis and others. "Our city will come back, but it will take the entire country," Marsalis said. "When you take New Orleans from America, our soul equation goes down."

Marsalis and special guests will highlight the Higher Ground Hurricane Relief Concert, to take place Sept. 17 at Rose Theater in New York. The event will be recorded by Jazz at Lincoln Center. A CD from the event will be released by Blue Note Records with all profits going to relief funds.


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