PJ Morton, Tank and the Bangas and Jon Cleary will headline the Band Together Online Benefit Festival set for 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 25.
With a mix of genres ranging from bounce to jazz, the virtual music festival taps local superstar talent to help raise funds for musicians who have been out of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The month of April is traditionally the peak of festival season in New Orleans, during which time thousands of musicians are gainfully employed. Due to the ongoing pandemic, these festivals have been canceled or postponed, and we want to do something to help,” the festival website says.
The Band Together Online Benefit Festival will also feature Stanton Moore of Galactic, Kermit Ruffins, Ivan Neville of Dumpstaphunk, Cupid, Nigel Hall, Jonny Sketch & the Dirty Notes, Water Seed, Dawn Richard, Sean Ardoin, Flow Tribe, Glen David Andrews, HaSizzle, Shane Theriot, Jose Fermin, Bruce “Sunpie Barnes, Kelly Love Jones, LeTrainiump and Caren Green.
Festival organizers say the goal of the virtual event is to raise money towards a relief fund to help musicians who contribute to the local economy of New Orleans. The financial support can help cover living expenses like rent and mortgages, utilities and medical expenses.
Artists who want to apply for relief grants can access the application starting at 7 p.m. on April 25. Applicants must provide a valid government-issued ID proving residency in Orleans or Jefferson parishes; evidence of hardship and loss of performance revenue from canceled festivals or venue closures and a letter confirming stage name or band name.
“The Band Together Benefit was borne out of a desire to create not only an opportunity for financial relief for musicians in Orleans and Jefferson Parishes, but also an opportunity for New Orleans musicians to help other musicians,” the festival website says.
Festival organizers say the online festival “aims to be one of the largest humanitarian efforts in New Orleans history” with a goal to reach 1 million viewers worldwide.
The Band Together Online Benefit Festival is currently accepting donations via its website, Bandtogetherbenefit.com.