'Benefit for the Bayou' Set for Oct. 28

SOURCE: Music Maker Relief Foundation
The fundraiser will help the 5,000-plus musicians whose livelihoods have been taken by Hurricane Katrina.
Music Maker Relief Foundation and Legg Mason are bringing together Robert Randolph and the Family Band and a line-up of New Orleans and Southern roots musicians for a fundraiser to help the many musicians whose livelihoods have been taken by Hurricane Katrina.

The concert will be held on Friday, October 28 at the Ramshead Live, in the Rams Head Tavern, 20 Market Place at Power Plant Live at the Inner Harbor. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $28 per person and are available through The Ramshead box office at 410-244-1131 or ticketing.ramsheadlive.com. All ticket proceeds will go to the Music Maker Relief Foundation's New Orleans Musicians Fund.

Musicians from New Orleans coming to Baltimore for the show include: Little Freddie King, lost for almost two weeks following the hurricane before surfacing in Houston, who is bound for European festivals to promote a CD just out from Fat Possom; and the poets of the French Quarter, Slewfoot and Cary B, whose CD is entitled “Rainin’ in New Orleans.” Also opening for Robert Randolph are Guitar Wizard Cool John Fergugson and Abe Reid and the Spike Drivers from North Carolina.

The New Orleans Musicians Fund was created by Music Maker Relief Foundation, an established non-profit dedicated to helping the true pioneers and forgotten heroes of the Southern musical tradition gain recognition and meet their day to day needs by providing grant money for things like medicine, food, rent, and instruments. The New Orleans Musicians Fund will help rebuild lives. There are more than 5,000 musicians in New Orleans who need help.

For more info on the New Orleans Musicians Fund call 919.643.2456 or visit musicmaker.org.

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This story was published on October 5, 2005.