Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

From Stage and on Air, Musicians Helping Out

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

From Stage and on Air, Musicians Helping Out

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Byline: Jeff Vrabel

Monday afternoon at Wrigley Field, Jimmy Buffett appeared for his Labor Day weekend show sporting a pinstriped Cubs jersey. But the shirt only lasted for one song, after which Buffett removed it, signed it and announced it would be put up on eBay immediately, the proceeds benefiting the Red Cross.

It was just one of a handful of gestures the Gulf Coast native made to the devastation during his Wrigley stops -- he also performed Steve Goodman's newly poignant City of New Orleans, which he dedicated, pointedly, to the "fellow Americans" affected by Hurricane Katrina.

But it was indicative of how, just as it did in the weeks after 9/11, the music industry is massing to offer aid to one of America's most invaluable musical cities. Last Friday saw A Concert for Hurricane Relief air on NBC, and here's a sampling of just some of the ways musicians and their fans are helping in the coming weeks.

-- The six broadcast networks and a large roster of cable networks will join together tonight for Shelter from the Storm: A Concert For The Gulf Coast. The commercial-free broadcast will air from New York and Los Angeles at 8 p.m., and will feature Neil Young, Sheryl Crow, the Dixie Chicks, Alicia Keys, Randy Newman, Paul Simon and Rod Stewart.

-- Also tonight, S.O.S. Saving Ourselves: The BET Relief Telethon, spearheaded by hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, will air on the cable network from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Many performers have ties to the area -- Wynton Marsalis, Master P, Juvenile -- and will join a roster that includes Alicia Keys, Diddy, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Omarion, Common, Usher, Pharrell Williams, Ludacris, Stevie Wonder, Wyclef and Erykah Badu. Juvenile, who has said he has more than 200 relatives unaccounted for in the area, is organizing a series of benefit concerts as well.

-- MTV, VH1 and CMT will simulcast the relief concert ReAct Now: Music and Relief Saturday night from New York, Los Angeles, Nashville and Atlanta. As of Tuesday evening, new additions to the expansive lineup included the Rolling Stones, Kanye West, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Audioslave and Kelly Clarkson, and the show will also feature live or taped performances by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Alan Jackson, Melissa Etheridge, Motley Crue, Brian Wilson, Simple Plan, Staind, Dashboard Confessional, Good Charlotte, John Mayer, Maroon 5, Common, Sheryl Crow, Kid Rock and the Goo Goo Dolls. …

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