(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) —
Coinciding with the All-Star concert being held at Madison Square
Garden on September 20, Radio City Music Hall will also host its own
"From The Big Apple to the Big Easy," New York City's Concert for the Gulf
Coast. This is the first time that the two legendary
venues have joined together to hold simultaneous benefit concerts.
Appearing on the Great Stage at Radio City Music Hall will be Dave Matthews, Tom Waits, Trey Anastasio,
John Mayer Trio, Joss Stone, The Meters, Galactic with the Wild Magnolia
Mardi Gras Indians, and Ray Lamontagne. Additional artists will be announced.
Madison Square Garden has added Elvis Costello,
Diana Kral, Simon & Garfunkel, Clarence "Frogman" Henry, Dave Bartholomew,
Irma Thomas, Kermit Ruffins and Troy "Tromboneshorty" Andrews to Bette Midler, Elton John,
Jimmy Buffett, John Fogerty, Lenny Kravitz, Ry Cooder, Steve Nicks, Fats
the Neville Brothers, Buckwheat Zydeco, the Meters, Allen Toussaint, the
Dirty Dozen Brass Band and The Rebirth Brass Band. Rod Stewart can no longer
participate due to injury.
Madison Square Garden is underwriting all costs related to "From The Big
Apple to the Big Easy" New York City's Concert for the Gulf Coast at both
Radio City Music Hall and Madison Square Garden and has pledged an
additional $1 million dollar donation to begin the event's fundraising
efforts. 100% of all the event's proceeds 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.
— Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen