Thought this was worth mentioning. Many "big names" (Dave Matthews Band, Simon AND Garfunkel, Elvis Costello, The Dixie Cups, Clarence "Frogman" Henry, Jimmy Buffet, Elton John, John Mayer, Tom Waits, Cyndi Lauper, and MANY others!!!) are involved in this. It's a 6-hour long concert, *available on Pay Per View and/or InDemand* (call your local cable co.--that's what I did--if you need help ordering it--like, if, as was the case with me, you're not sure which channel is carrying it...), and *ALL* proceeds go to help the hurricane victims (so, your full $20 goes toward helping out).
Anyway... hope that some of you will order it, as I have done, as a way of helping out.
Check it out (concert home page):
Press Release Source: Madison Square Garden
Madison Square Garden Sells out 'From the Big Apple to the Big Easy'
Monday September 19, 1:08 pm ET
Cable and Satellite Providers Unite in Unprecedented Nation-Wide Effort to Air Historic Live Pay-Per-View Concert Special at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, September 20th
Concert Host Ed Bradley to Be Joined by Scarlett Johanssen, Paul Newman and Jessica Lange in Effort to Help Support the Relief and Rebuilding Efforts in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 19, 2005-- With tickets to Tuesday's "From the Big Apple to the Big Easy" now sold to capacity, an historic television partnership has been created by the country's cable and satellite providers that will enable over 80 million Americans to donate to this effort by purchasing a viewing of this once-in-a-lifetime musical extravaganza. 100% of the $19.95 fee viewers pay to access the concert will go directly to support the long-term relief and rebuilding efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane
For the first time in television history, systems around the country, including Adelphia, Cablevision, Charter, EchoStar's DISH Network and DIRECTV, along with iN DEMAND partners - Bright House Networks, Comcast, Cox Communications and Time Warner Cable, will join together to provide pay- per-view technology to raise charitable funds.
The concert will begin live at 7:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, September 20th. In order to donate to the relief efforts by purchasing the pay-per-view concert, cable or satellite subscribers should contact their local cable or satellite provider directly or go to http://www.fromthebigappletothebigeasy.com
for more information.
This unique television event will pay tribute to the culturally indelible music of New Orleans. Today it was announced that concert host Ed Bradley will be joined by Scarlett Johanssen, Paul Newman and Jessica Lange in the effort to help support the long-term relief and rebuilding efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. They will help host and introduce New Orleans musical legends, including Bette Midler; Diana Krall; Dixie Cups; Elvis Costello; Jimmy Buffett; John Fogerty; Lenny Kravitz; Ry Cooder; Simon & Garfunkel; Allen Toussaint; Buckwheat Zydeco; Clarence "Frogman" Henry; Dave Bartholomew; the Dirty Dozen Brass Band; Irma Thomas; Kermit Ruffins; the Neville Brothers; the Meters; The Rebirth Brass Band and Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews.
In keeping with the spirit of this historic celebration, Cox Communications will offer the concert free of charge to all New Orleans viewers still in the area.
Madison Square Garden is underwriting 100% of all concert production costs related to "From the Big Apple to the Big Easy" New York City's Concert for the Gulf Coast, and has pledged an additional $1 million dollar donation to begin the event's fundraising efforts. 100% of all money raised from sponsorship and ticket sales will go directly to organizations involved in the region's relief and rebuilding efforts, including the Bush Clinton Katrina Fund; Habitat for Humanity; MusiCares Hurricane Relief Fund and the Children's Health Fund.