This photo shows Leo Nocentelli (center), Allen Toussaint (left) and Walter “Wolfman” Washington (right) accepting the Heroes of the Storm award on behalf of the Music Rising foundation on the eve of the Democratic National Convention in Denver. The group Friends of New Orleans gave the award; presenting it is Friends executive director Emily Byram. The small ceremony took place during a concert to help remind convention attendees that there is much work to be done on the Gulf Coast. Music Rising was organized by U2’s The Edge, producer bob Ezrin and Gibson Guitar CEO Henry Juszkiewicz. Since the storm, Music Rising has donated 2700 instruments directly to musicians and helped schools and churches rebuild music programs. There are many foundation partners that have contributed to efforts to support music and music education on the Gulf Coast, including the Bush Clinton Katrina Fund. Music Rising support also helped Preservation Hall reopen in April 2006.
New Orleans Musicians Take Wetlands Message to DNC and RNC
Voice of the Wetlands All Stars: Cyril Neville and Tab Benoit Front and Center
There are a lot of terrific things about southern Louisiana and New Orleans, but the most inspiring is how the good folks there always seem able to get it together, roll up their sleeves and get the job done. Race, color, social status and political affiliation don’t matter. It is the music that brings everyone together, feeds the soul and helps everyone get on with the business of living.
To that end, on August 24 Tab Benoit and the Voice of the Wetlands All Stars have accomplished something that is quite remarkable. They will open the Democratic Convention in Denver and continue with a string of non-partisan fund- raisers road show that will end on September 1st in Minneapolis for an invitation only, non-partisan Republican Convention after party.