New York is opening its heart – and its checkbooks – to the hurricane relief effort with a pair of concerts in the city’s largest arenas Tuesday night, with even more to follow.
Madison Square Garden will host a benefit musical tribute, “From the Big Apple to the Big Easy,” whose lineup includes the reunited Simon & Garfunkel, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Jimmy Buffett, Bette Midler, Lenny Kravitz, John Fogerty, Allen Toussaint and Fats Domino – who was rescued from the floodwaters of his city after having been feared lost to Katrina.
Though sold out, the concert will also be available live on pay-per-view TV, with the $19.95 fee going directly to the relief effort. In addition, the Garden, which is underwriting all expenses, is donating $1 million to the survivors and rebuilding efforts.
Across town from the Garden, at Radio City Music Hall, the roster of entertainers includes Dave Matthews, Tom Waits, Joss Stone, Trey Anastasio, John Mayer and others. All proceeds from the show will be given to support the long-term relief and rebuilding efforts on the Gulf Coast, including the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund, Habitat for Humanity, the MusiCares Hurricane Relief Fund and the Children’s Health Fund.
On Sunday, New York’s stage community – including Liza Minnelli, Ben Vereen, Bebe Neuwirth, David Hyde Pierce and the casts of Avenue Q, Hairspray, Wicked and Rent – is hosting “Broadway’s Celebrity Benefit for Hurricane Relief” at the Gershwin Theater in Times Square. All profits will go to America’s Second Harvest and Quilts for Kids. Tickets.
Elsewhere, Harry Connick Jr. and Branford Marsalis will perform with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra on Sept. 29 in Detroit, they announced on Tuesday’s Today show. Connick and Marsalis, both Habitat for Humanity honorary chairs, will donate all proceeds to “Operation Home Delivery,” Habitat’s long-term Gulf Coast rebuilding plan.
In addition, CMT will host a benefit concert Oct. 1 (8 p.m. ET) with participants to include Kenny Chesney George Strait, Alan Jackson, Willie Nelson and Martina McBride. Taking place at Reliant Stadium in Houston, the “One Country” concert will be shown live on the country music network, the Associated Press reports.