NOLA Benefit at Tips with: Prince Billy, Atkins, Shocklee


Bonnie "Prince" Billy
Will Oldham (Bonnie "Prince" Billy), Nicole Atkins, Hank Shocklee (Bomb Squad, Future Frequency), Alec Ounsworth (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah), Jonny 5 and Brer Rabbit (Flobots) and Waterflow (of Senegalese hip-hop band Wageble) will join together for "Musicians Bringing Musicians Home IV" – a special evening of music at Tipitina's Uptown on Thursday, December 4, 2008 at 9 p.m. This show is a benefit for Sweet Home New Orleans, a coalition of non-profit organizations that helps find affordable housing and provides rental assistance for Katrina displaced musicians, Mardi Gras performers and other traditional New Orleans artists.

Tickets for the concert are onsale now at and in person at the Tipitina's box office. Admission is $12 with all proceeds going to benefit the work of Sweet Home New Orleans.

"This year's retreat and benefit concert look to be amazing," says previous "Musicians Bringing Musicians Home" participant Jim James of My Morning Jacket. "Will Oldham is a Kentucky legend and one of the most inspired artists performing today. Hank Shocklee has produced some of the greatest music ever recorded and Nicole Atkins is one of the strongest new voices to arrive in quite some time. I'm sure it will be an evening of sheer delight and emotion as these artists and others from the NOLA music community and beyond will share the stage and bring the love."

The "Musicians Bringing Musicians Home IV" concert is the celebratory and fundraising finale of the fourth three-day activist retreat hosted by Air Traffic Control and the Future of Music Coalition since the Gulf Coast storms of 2005. This retreat brings established and emerging artists from around the country to New Orleans to tour affected neighborhoods, visit with some of the city's notable musicians and community leaders and participate in strategy sessions about how to integrate activism and philanthropy into their work as musicians. Through these activities, musicians share their experiences, learn how to "plug-in" to activist circles, and discuss how to best address needs in their hometowns and in the communities through which they tour.

[Published on: 11/19/08]

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Flat5 Wed 11/19/2008 04:03PM
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great to see New Orleans benefit shows still happening! I was unsure of the lineup, but the little quote by Jim James was encouraging. nice press release, well done.

TheJuice starstarstarstarstar Wed 11/19/2008 04:11PM
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heck yeah its great, that place needs a lot of work still.

jesposito Wed 11/19/2008 07:29PM
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that's totally not what I pictured Bonnie 'Prince' Billy looking like

MyFavBandIsTheBestYoursSucks starstarstarstarstar Thu 11/20/2008 09:48AM
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Support NOLA, Long live Tipitina's Uptown one of the best venues in the country

bristone starstarstarstarstar Thu 11/20/2008 02:52PM
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bonnie billy is indeed one strange cat - check his label site here:

big props to this benefit and tips and the big easy - i did 3 years there in grad school and i 'know what it means to miss new orleans' ..

god bless her

bristone starstarstarstarstar Thu 11/20/2008 02:55PM
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and by the way, the prince's new album, lie down in the light, is high quality listening - and you can get it postage paid from drag city records for $12 even! dang.