On Monday, August 22, from 6 pm to midnight, a benefit will be held for victims of the flooding in South Louisiana. The flooding has impacted upwards of 40,000 homes, maybe more. The scale of the natural catastrophe is immense – the federal government has declared it a major disaster, with the death toll at 13, and residents homeless (6000 people still living in shelters).
Help from Buffalo is on the way, in the form of a concert scheduled to be held at The Sportsmens Tavern. While this might be a drop in the bucket since this is a billion dollar disaster, every penny counts at this point.
Buffalo Rising asked musician Dave Ruch how the event came to pass, and this is what he had to say:
“Tyler Westcott from the band Folkfaces sent out a Facebook message to some musician friends just a few days ago, and it seems like everyone who was free jumped at the chance to help out. It just makes sense, and Buffalo is such a giving community. The Sportsmens came up with a last minute date, and we were off to the races. On top of helping out affected families and individuals in southern Louisiana, I’m personally looking forward to hearing and playing with several musicians I don’t get to see often enough.”
These generous and talented people have agreed to donate their time and talents to this cause!”
Music acts involved:
Bill Smith of Ten Cent Howl
Jeffrey Scott Bunk of Shaky Stage
Einat and Dave of Blue Stone Groove
The Healing Commitee
Black Rock Zydeco
All profits go to the NOLA Pay It Forward Fund: Helping Families in Neighboring Parishes to provide resources for the early relief and rebuilding efforts of those communities impacted by the recent floods.
You can also donate money online here.
You can also donate non-perishable food items such as canned vegetables, canned fruits, canned meats (tuna, chicken) soups and stews, beans and chili, peanut butter, rice, and breakfast cereal to Second Harvest Food Bank.
Buffalo Musicians Banding Together to Benefit NOLA Flood Victims
Monday, August 22, 2016 | 6 pm to midnight
$5 cover (with a non-perishable donation) | $7 without
Sportsmens Tavern | 326 Amherst Street | Buffalo, New York