The Tipitina's Foundation, in the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, is committed to saving the culture of New Orleans. The first step we are taking is to locate all New Orleans artists and their families and then find housing for those who need it. We are also developing an ever-expanding database of people throughout the country who are ready and willing to give our artists a temporary home or other support.


  • Meanwhile, we are actively seeking donations to provide our music community in exile with whatever resources they need to survive, including clothes, gigs, instruments and options for resettlement. Donations can be mailed to:

    Tipitina's Foundation
    1251 North Ardenwood Drive
    Baton Rouge, LA 70806

    Or, to make an online donation via MusicToday (Tipitina's ticketing agent) click HERE

  • In the upcoming weeks and months, Tipitina's will be hosting a series of nationwide benefit concerts to raise money for the foundation. Since opening its doors in 1977, the music club Tipitina's has provided New Orleans artists with a place to call home. Now we are saving our home that is New Orleans.

    Friday 9/9/2005 - Tipitina's Foundation Artist Relief benefit at The Independent in San Francisco, CA. This kick-off benefit features New Orleans natives Papa Grows Funk. For details, visit The Independent.


    The response to our Hurry Homes Initiative has been so generous!

    If you are or know any musicians or artists affected by the hurricane and they need housing or support please email

    We need: Names, present location, contact info.

    LEAF in Schools & Streets and Tipitina's Foundation of New Orleans team up to help find temporary homes for New Orleans artists, musicians and their families.

    The LEAF community is kind, generous, and huge supporters or arts and music. Tipitina's is the heart of the New Orleans music community and has contacts with lots of musicians who need our help now.

    Be a "foster family," offer your spare room(s) to Katrina Evacuees and provide transportation out of NOLA! Homes are being offered nationwide; we just need to get the people to them!

    Email with the following information and we will put you on a community support bulletin that will be circulated throughout the Tipitina's community and beyond.

  • LOCATION OF HOME (City or area):
  • How many adults welcomed:
  • How many kids welcomed:
  • Pets welcome? If so, what kind?
  • Period of time available (days, weeks, months):
  • Any other information that would help us find a good match. (Some families are willing to sponsor kids while their parents go home to rebuild. If this applies to you please note.)

    With deep deep thanks and appreciation that we have a LEAF community that I know is willing to help and be there for the world of music and arts that has brought us all so much happiness. Now they need us, let's help.

    Thank you!
    Jennifer, Kerri, Leigh & Bill from Tipitina's

    Everyone in the live music community has a connection to the great city of New Orleans. From Jazz Fest to VooDoo Fest, Tipitina's or just a love for all things Cajun, the people and sounds of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast hold a special place in our hearts. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, we all want to help in some way. Below is basic list of numbers, websites and agency address' that can be contacted in order to help our brothers and sisters in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and beyond.

    As for shows in the area, we speculate they have all been cancelled until furthur notice. Please check specific band websites for exact information.

    The American Red Cross opened a telephone hotline on Sunday to receive for donations from citizens. The number is 1-800-435-7669. Other information on Red Cross emergency programs is available at the Red Cross Web site. And Red Cross shelter information for Louisiana is available by calling 1-800-469-4828.

    State responses are being coordinated by the Louisiana Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness; the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (site down as of Tuesday morning). The Louisiana Governor's Office and the City of New Orleans also posted emergency information on Katrina on their Web sites.

    The Salvation Army's Team Emergency Radio Network was taking requests for information on the welfare and status of loved ones in the hurricane area at its Web site.

    Up-to-date information can be found at these Web sites:

    The National Weather Service
    Hydrologic Information Center

    Other relief organizations collecting donations:

    Episcopal Relief & Development
    America's Second Harvest
    Operation Blessing
    United Methodist Committee on Relief
    Salvation Army
    Catholic Charities
    National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
    Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

    This list is in no way complete, please feel free to add more information to the comments section below.


    Hurricane Katrina's toll on communities, homes and lives has devastated the nation. Now victims must face the daunting question of where to go next—and we can help.

    Tens of thousands of newly homeless families are being bused to a stadium in Houston, where they may wait for weeks or months. At least 80,000 are competing for area shelters, and countless more are in motels, cars, or wherever they can stay out of the elements. The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Red Cross are scrambling to find shelter for the displaced.

    This morning, we've launched an emergency national housing drive to connect your empty beds with hurricane victims who desperately need a place to wait out the storm. You can post your offer of housing (a spare room, extra bed, even a decent couch) and search for available housing online at:

    Housing is most urgently needed within reasonable driving distance (about 300 miles) of the affected areas in the Southeast, especially New Orleans.

    Please forward this message to anyone you know in the region who might be able to help.

    But no matter where you live, your housing could still make a world of difference to a person or family in need, so please offer what you can.

    The process is simple:

    You can sign up to become a host by posting a description of whatever housing you have available, along with contact information. You can change or remove your offer at any time.

    Hurricane victims, local and national relief organizations, friends and relatives can search the site for housing. We'll do everything we can to get your offers where they are needed most. Many shelters actually already have Internet access, but folks without 'net access can still make use of the site through case workers and family members.

    Hurricane victims or relief agencies will contact hosts and together decide if it's a good match and make the necessary travel arrangements. The host's address is not released until a particular match is agreed on.

    If hosting doesn't work for you, please consider donating to the Red Cross to help with the enormous tasks of rescue and recovery. You can give online at:

    As progressives, we share a core belief that we are all in this together, and today is an important chance to put that idea to work. There are thousands of families who have just lost everything and need a place to stay dry. Let's do what we can to help.

    Thanks for being there when it matters most.

    —Noah Winer and the whole Civic Action Team
    Thursday, September 1st, 2005

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    profgesser Wed 8/31/2005 10:05AM
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    Good job guys and gals! Let's go everybody, let's get this relief effort goin'.

    Laissez le bon temps roulez, each and everyday. Nawlin's will survive, better than ever.

    Keep the faith

    sfnola starstarstarstarstar Wed 8/31/2005 11:28AM
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    I humbly suggest that if you were planning on going to Jazzfest in 2006, you instead donate those funds to the relief effort. I want to believe that one day I will again be dancing my heart out at the fairgrounds, but it most certainly won't be in 2006.

    Stay strong, New Orleans. Music fans everywhere are with you.

    melonz starstarstarstarstar Wed 8/31/2005 12:10PM
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    What can we do to help? We are a stong in spirit and large in number. We need musicians, venues and fans who are not affected by the devastation to come together and do what we do best - jam. The love, energy and cold hard cash that we could generate could help a lot of people right now. Any ideas?

    koach Wed 8/31/2005 02:21PM
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    The new orleans blues will turn to sunshine.

    Jazzzzz starstarstarstarstar Wed 8/31/2005 05:01PM
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    Thank you Jambase for giving us a voice! My donnation off to SPCA of Louisianna!

    May the music live on in New Orleans.

    coffeemanchris starstarstarstarstar Wed 8/31/2005 10:21PM
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    they should have a hurricane katrina benefit concert? something incredible like tsunami benefit

    Debchick Thu 9/1/2005 07:26AM
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    We need a LiveAid type concert for New Orleans reconstruction. It can happen anywhere in the U.S. Does anyone know Bono? What about the Marsalis family? there is a ton of money that could come through Lincoln Center Jazz. Nawlins has the spirit to survive. Tell us how we can help.

    funkadelicsoul Thu 9/1/2005 08:28AM
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    Jam Community,

    Have we forgotten? The good times, the vibe, the trees, the food, the streetcar, Tips, the leaf, the LOCALS, the sounds, the memories? Many of us learned about real music there. We discovered jazz, a culture, a way of life not found anywhere else in the world. The time has come to show through our actions what we always preach about; kindness, love, equality, compasion. We all know what New Orleans means, and the role it has played in the development of this scene. Brothers and sisters, pick up the phone and call the red cross, or any of the help agencies named above. THE PEOPLE OF NEW ORLEANS NEED YOU! NOW. Dont forget what that city has given to us, and the memories that we all share. This music community must come together like never before, to help the city to whom we owe so much. Artists: People, lets come together! Lets sell some tickets and do some high revenue shows across the country to help the people in New Orleans. Trey, Panic, Santana, Cheese, MMW, Karl, SUPERFLY, Dead, Relix, Jambase, J Johnson, Scofield, K Willians, N Mississippi, D Mathews, Claypool, Mule, Soulive, Kimock, Trucks, all of you, all the bands big and small that have played (and that will)at the fairgrounds and throughout venues in and around the city, I am personally asking for your to help in behalf of my city; it is time to help! Weather you reach in your pockets or grab the mic. Think of all the musicians in New Orleans, their families, WWOZ, the people and culture who has contributed so so much to the development of this scene, and to our music. Freaks and non freaks of everwhere: Stop what you are doing (put the tube down), and help the ones we love so much. It is our duty and our responsibility as humans to respond to the cry of our brothers and sisters in New Orleans. DO IT NOW !!

    NOLArelief Thu 9/1/2005 10:28AM
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    Thanks to jambase for providing a forum for this, I am sure the entire community is anxious to learn more about how, when and where our community and the bands we love will come together to further lend a helping hand. Now is the time to organize.

    in the meantime, all relief and response organizations are saying the same thing. DONATE, no amount is too small.

    Second Harvest claims that for each dollar raised they can bring 15 meals to the table. That's four bags of groceries delivered to where people need it most.

    Note when donating to large groups like the Red Corss and Salvation Army, be sure to specify that your donation is to go to the victims of Hurricane Katrina, or else your doantion may be applied to some other worthy cause.

    On the local front, the Greater New Orleans Community Foundation has set up a Hurricane Katrina New Orleans Recovery Fund. according to their website, the Foundation will coordinate with national recovery efforts to rebuild the infrastructure and provide basic human services to the devastated New Orleans area.

    The Greater New Orleans Fund offices have been temporarily closed, and operations are currently being run through the Batron Rouge Area Foundation which has established two funds designated to benefit those impacted by Hurricane Katrina.

    Donations are now being accepted online to both funds listed below.

    The Hurricane Katrina DISPLACED RESIDENTS FUND will benefit those individuals evacuated to Baton Rouge from the hurricane impacted areas in Greater New Orleans, who are now unable to return for what maybe an extended period.

    The Hurricane Katrina NEW ORLEANS RECOVERY FUND will focus on the rebuilding of infrastructure to provide basic human services to residents of these devastated areas.

    If you would like more information on the focus of these funds or to make a secure (verisign)financial donation to one or both of these funds using your credit card visit:

    Helpful Phone Numbers:

    To find a missing relative, please call 1(800) GET INFO or 1(800) 438-4636

    To volunteer for Red Cross, please call (225) 268-0323

    To house a family who has evacuated or lost their home, please call the State of Louisiana Office of Emergency Preparedness. The Office of Emergency Preparedness (OEP) is coordinating FEMA, Red Cross, shelters and other resources.

    (225) 389-2100 Baton Rouge OEP
    (225) 925-7500 State of Louisiana OEP

    For more information about OEP, please visit their website

    Other organizations recommended by FEMA include:

    • America’s Second Harvest 1-800-344-8070
    • Adventist Community 1-800-381-7171
    • Catholic Charities USA 1-800-919-9338
    • Christian Disaster response 1-941-956-5183 or 1-941-551-9554
    • Christian Reformed Worlds Relief Committee 1-800-848-5818
    • Church World Service 1-800-297-1516
    • Convoy of Hope 1-417-823-8998
    • Lutheran Disaster Response 1-800-638-3522
    • Mennonite Disaster Service 1-717-859-2210
    • Nazarene Disaster Response 1-888-256-5886
    • Operation Blessing 1-800-436-6348
    • Presbyterian Disaster Assistance 1-800-872-3283
    • Salvation Army 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769)
    • Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief 1-800-462-8657 Ext 6440
    • United Methodist Committee on Relief 1-800-554-8583

    I want to say to my sisters & my brothers
    Keep the faith
    When the storm flies & the wind blows
    Go on at a steady pace
    When the battle is fought and the victories won
    We can all shout together, we have overcome
    We'll talk to the father in the sun
    When we make it to the promised land
    -Charles Johnson (by way of J. Garcia)

    hellrazer Thu 9/1/2005 01:18PM
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    I just heard Fats Domino is possibly MIA due to the hurricane aswell. he told his manager monday he would sit it out, and has not been heard from since

    pgeano starstarstarstarstar Thu 9/1/2005 08:39PM
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    It's hard for musicians to change their plans in the middle of a tour. Congratulations and thanks to DMB for doing that; it's a great start. But, see, here's the thing. Colorado is a hotbed this weekend. Who's playing in Colorado this weekend?
    Widespread Panic
    Jerry Joseph and Friends
    Drew Emmitt Band
    Yonder Mountain String Band
    Willie Nelson
    Gabby La La
    Tori Amos
    The Del McCoury Band
    and Karl Denson's Tiny Universe

    Just to name a few. I'm just going to come right out and say it. Every concert this weekend should be a benefit concert. Nobody has to change their plans, just donate the profits from this one little weekend to the disaster victims who so desperately need everyone's help. All we can do is ask, but there's one band that I know would be absolutly 100% down with this idea, and it really only takes one to get the ball rolling. Galactic.

    melonz starstarstarstarstar Fri 9/2/2005 01:23PM
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    Don't forget that it takes the efforts of many different organizations to pull off a concert. If our musicians alone were the ones getting all the dough, it wouldn't even need to be asked for, it would be happening. What is needed is for all of these people to work together to make that happen. I am so happy to see some our big promoters doing what they can, but there is so much more. Why not call Ticketmaster - Ask them to please help. How about contacting your neighborhood auditoriums and small bars,clubs, restaurant's with bars ect. Ask them to donate their venue for a night and call your fav. local band. I guarantee you have the power to make these things happen, you just need to think about what you want and gather your resources.

    You see folks, I believe that we are one of the most resourceful communities out there. The things I have seen done for the love of music blow my mind! So you have no money. Do you have a can of food? Does your neighbor? Can you put together a great party? Do you know the bartender or club owner? I am positive that if you look, you will find something that you can contribute. New Orleans deserves it. Our community is glued together by the sweet sounds of the south and the hard working musicians whose homes and families have been torn apart. If anybody should be working hard to return the love, it is people like me who have spent so much time drinking up the delicious cocktail of soul healing music offered 24/7 by our city under the sea.

    jordanworley starstarstarstarstar Fri 9/2/2005 08:52PM
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    Theresa Andersson, Trombone Shorty, are you ok? If anyone impacted by this event has the necessities to camp in north central Arkansas (night time temps. are cooling down) please contact me, I might be able to help. Peace and love- Jordan

    cinmarsav Sat 9/3/2005 04:00PM
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    I'm in Maryland and I want to help. I've had no luck with the radio or news stations. I want to get in my car and go down there to pick up some people and bring them home with me and house them for as long as it takes, everyone should get in thier cars and go there and pick families up and bring them home with us. Please help me start this. I'm desperate to help. Reach me on my cell 301-793-0420.

    cofor20 Tue 9/6/2005 02:21PM
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    I was in Bay St louis, MS during the storm. I've been part of the Jam Band community since before there was one. I lived a block from the beach; my home was totally destroyed. I rode it out in my brothers attic with my parents & my wife & 2 daughters. We watched the water rise to the last step of the attic before it began to fall. The storm was only part of the battle, we had to get out of the area. which we did. I'm at a friends home in Georgia. I may try to tell the complete story some day soon. Now my wife & I are trying to figure out where to go from here. We rented & don't have much $ to make a move. We do have a few friends & family that can help some. I don't want to go back to the gulf coast. I'm a chef & my wife does accounting type work. we are looking toward relocating somewhere in the north east; maybe? our next step is to try to find a place where we could get jobs & start our lives over. I'm not looking for pitty. I just wanted to post something here. I have several online friends & trading buddies. maybe some of y'all might read this & have suggestions. my screennames I use are COism & COfor20. neeless to say I lost my entire music & memrobellia collection. all those tapes, CD's & posters can be replaced. I'm just blessed that everyone in my family survived. It's great to see the jamband community is trying to organize some benefits. I knew y'all would.
    much love, C.O.

    motherdave starstarstarstarstar Wed 9/7/2005 03:17PM
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    hey cofor20..i have a house for you and your family for 6 months. we own a restaurant inspired by music. we can give you a job in our kitchen. email me

    georgeof420 Thu 9/8/2005 04:17AM
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    Let's all get together and do whatever we can to help. Please request that your local venues set up boxes and coordinate efforts for food drives for the victims of the hurricane. Also, be sure to check out to see what else can be done. Peace.

    Daveybp starstarstar Thu 9/8/2005 05:42AM
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    RadioFreeInternetTM in conjunction with KefferMediaServicesTM and the Church of Universal Love and Music are collecting clothing, shoes, personal hygiene items, Towels and washcloths, bottled water and anything that your heart may desire to donate to load onto our trailer trucks and dispense to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Just one point of fact and great need are shoes because four out of five people are barefoot.

    This effort has already begun and will culminate this weekend September 9,10,11 2005 at the Church of Universal Love and Music’s Boykin Ball. We realize that many large scale charitable organizations are collecting monetary donations for the victims of this horrific tragedy which is a great thing, but we also realize that there are immediate needs that have to be taken care of that money will not take care of immediately.

    These victims need hard goods and they need them now! That is why we are pulling our resources together to assist the people with these items.

    We ask that you kindly pass this information to your fans who may be in attendance this weekend. If each attendee brings one item we can hit our goal of at least three tractor-trailer loads of clothing and the other items mentioned

    CarSanta Mon 9/12/2005 03:31PM
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    Donate you old vehicle directly to a hurricane victim through Cars 4 Christmas a 501 C 3 organization that provides free basic transportation to less fortunate individuals through donations from the public and automotive related businesses. Receive the maximum tax donation allowed. We have been giving vehicles to people in need since 1996