New Orleans musicians united in rhythm, heart and soul.
The Band Together Benefit has a simple yet singular mission: to help the New Orleans musicians whose livelihoods have been decimated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
New Orleans for New Orleans.
In New Orleans, a once-thriving ecosystem of live music and tourism is now gone, taking with it the opportunity for countless local performers to land the gigs they need to live. The month of April is traditionally the peak of festival season in New Orleans, during which time thousands of musicians are gainfully employed. Due to the ongoing pandemic, these festivals have been canceled or postponed, and we want to do something to help.
The Band Together Benefit was borne out of a desire to create not only an opportunity for financial relief for musicians in Orleans and Jefferson Parishes, but also an opportunity for New Orleans musicians to help other musicians. Our city has bred some of the world’s most influential and successful performers, but the local economy is largely dependent on the lesser known talents who bring millions of people to town each year. From street performers in the French Quarter to world-class bands on Frenchmen Street, the value these musicians bring to New Orleans is unquantifiable.
The vision for the Band Together Benefit is to showcase some of New Orleans’ superstar talent while simultaneously providing a platform for emergent acts, all of whom will perform in an effort to raise money for peers who may not have the same access to opportunity. Local musicians known worldwide will headline the event and donate their talents in an effort to support the less established, up-and-coming musicians. Our goal is to supply every applicant with a grant of at least $500.00 to assist with rent/mortgage, utilities, medical needs and other necessary expenses. With the goal of reaching one-million viewers worldwide, this online festival aims to be one of the largest humanitarian efforts in New Orleans music history.
Like New Orleans itself, the Band Together Benefit features a multiplicity of genres and styles ranging from traditional jazz to zydeco, bounce to funk. The concert features headlining performances from multiple Grammy-winning solo R&B artist and Maroon 5 keyboardist PJ Morton, Grammy-nominated jazz-hip hop-soul hybrid Tank and the Bangas and Grammy-winning funk and R&B musician Jon Cleary. Other all-star musicians include Stanton Moore of funk juggernaut Galactic, New Orleans jazz giant Kermit Ruffins, New Orleans funk icon Ivan Neville of Dumpstaphunk, platinum-selling singer Cupid, as well as funk keyboardist Nigel Hall, rockers Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes and Billboard Top 20 soul-funk band Water Seed. Additional performers include pop vocalist Dawn Richard of Danity Kane/Dirty Money, 2 Time Grammy-nominated zydeco powerhouse Sean Ardoin, funk-rock band Flow Tribe, multi-faceted brass musician Glen David Andrews, bounce vocalist HaSizzle, Grammy-winning rock guitarist Shane Theriot, Latin bandleader Jose Ceballos, zydeco accordionist and harmonica player Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes, soul-funk-reggae-hip hop vocalist and guitarist Kelly Love Jones, synth-pop band LeTrainiump and R&B/soul vocalist Caren Green.