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New Orleans Habitat Musicians’ Village Musicians’ Village, a cornerstone of the
New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity (NOAHH) post-Katrina rebuilding effort, is designed to both construct a community and preserve a culture. Conceived by New Orleans natives Harry Connick, Jr. and Branford Marsalis, Musicians’ Village will provide a home for both the artists who have defined the city’s culture and the sounds that have shaped the musical vernacular of the world.
HART Fund In 2001, The Blues Foundation established the HART Fund through which The Blues Foundation provides assistance to Blues musicians and their families in times of great financial need due to medical emergencies.
Donations to the HART Fund are dedicated 100% to artist relief efforts. Disbursements began in 2003 and have been used to pay medical bills, obtain needed medical care and assist with funeral expenses.
In late 2005, contributions were temporarily earmarked to provide some financial relief for blues musicians severly impacted by Hurricane Katrina.
Over the years, contributions have been made by our members and other donors and donations have also come from specific benefit events.
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Our Mission: "To teach, through employment in on-site businesses, workplace competencies for entry-level positions to women who come from backgrounds of chronic unemployment or poverty."
Our Vision: Women’s Bean Project strives to break the cycle of chronic unemployment and poverty by helping women discover their talents and develop skills by offering job readiness training opportunities.
With this stepping stone toward success, the women will be able to support themselves and their families, and create stronger role models for future generations.
New Orleans Habitat for Humanity
To build houses in partnership with sponsors, volunteers, communities, and homeowner families, whereby families are empowered to transform their own lives
To eliminate poverty housing in the New Orleans area while serving as a catalyst to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.
New Orleans Musicians Clinic The Mission of the New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation is to keep music alive by sustaining New Orleans musicians and tradition bearers in body, mind and spirit. We do this through providing access to health and social services through the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic, regardless of musicians’ ability to pay, and by fostering cultural opportunities that advocate for and support this effort.
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Raitt returns the love with long set at Kalamazoo's State Th
Raitt returns the love with long set at Kalamazoo's State Theatre by Mark Wedel | Special to the Kalamazoo Gazette
Sunday March 01, 2009
KALAMAZOO -- Bonnie Raitt gave her all for a sold-out State Theatre Saturday night.
It seemed at the end that Raitt didn't want to stop singing. And the audience, giving her standing ovations after each song of her encore, didn't want her to stop. Raitt and her band kept going until after 11 p.m.
She came out looking very fit in black jeans and purple blouse, voice indistinguishable from hit 1989 and 1991 albums "Nick of time" and "Luck of the Draw." She has an issue with "water retention," but that's "not bad for 59," the red-haired blues/rock/adult contemporary singer guitarist said late into the show.
Raitt was upbeat, cracking jokes with guitarist Hutch Hutchinson, wryly stating that her former marriage (to actor Michael O'Keefe) made for an "interesting decade," and saying ribald things about keyboardist Ricky Peterson's microphone.
But something added to the sadness of already achingly sad songs like "I Can't Make You Love Me" and "Love In the Nick of Time." She dedicated "Nick" to her brother Steve Raitt. She has canceled and rescheduled most of her March tour due to a "dire family health emergency," her Web site states.
Lasting artists acknowledge the cathartic power of sad songs -- something Raitt surely learned when she dropped out of Radcliffe at the end of the '60s to be a blues guitarist.
The blues also taught her that one needs to rock now and then. She did the hits with her mix of sultry soul/blues and rock, "Something to Talk About," "Love Sneaking Up on You" and "Love Letter." Some songs sounded like John Mellencamp-like heartland rock, others were closer to straight blues, like "Never Make My Move Too Soon."
Raitt showed she can play a mean slide guitar one moment, then go straight adult contemporary next. With it's slow reggae interlude, "One Belief Away," from 1998's "Fundamental," could easily be an old Sting hit.
Raitt has an eclecticism, learned over nearly four decades, that's guaranteed her a devoted following.
"WE LOVE YOU BONNIE!" was a regular shout from the audience. And Raitt returned the love with a long encore.
"We got time for one more?" was her repeated introduction to the last few songs. "You never know when we'll be back here again."
Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
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Green Highway Co-Creators: Bonnie Raitt & Kathy Kane Welcome to
This site is the online companion to the exciting and informative Green Highway component of
Green Highway! Bonnie Raitt's 2005-2006 Tour. Plan to arrive at the venue early enough to explore the information tables and displays provided by our Partners and Non-Profit friends. Come learn about how the trucks and buses on tour are running on , and how 30 of the 39 shows are being offset with Biodiesel ! Wind Power Nuclear Information and Resource Service Rainforest Action Network National Biodiesel Board
The Songbird Foundation A non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that educates and motivates people to make sustainable choices to preserve migratory songbirds. One of the greatest threats to migratory songbirds is the surge in aggressive sun-grown coffee. Bonnie:"I support and their efforts to promote Songbird Safe coffee that is shade and sustainably grown. When we protect the forest for the songbirds, we are protecting the forest for all, including ourselves." The Songbird Foundation Northwest Shade Coffee Campaign Migratory Bird Center Song Bird Coffee
Defending the Planet One Beat at a Time
Rock the Earth is a not-for-profit, national public interest environmental organization dedicated to protecting and defending America's natural resources through partnerships with the music industry and the world-wide environmental community.
Farm Aid The mission of Farm Aid is to keep family farmers on their land. Family farmers are our only guarantee for fresh, local food. Our goal is to bring together family farmers and citizens to restore family farm-centered agriculture. Family farmers ensure safe, healthful food, protect natural resources, and strengthen local economies.
Seva Foundation At the heart of Seva's vision is a growing perception that western technology and skills must be used in ways that are sustainable and that can be shared with those who do not have access to capital and resources. We call this compassionate capitalism.
Reverb Organization Reverb is a non-profit organization that seeks to raise awareness and support for the environment through building upon the powerful connection between musicians and their fans.
Founded in 2004 by Lauren Sullivan and her husband, Guster guitarist/vocalist Adam Gardner.
Our approach is dual-pronged: educating, inspiring and activating music fans while “greening” artists’ tours and the music industry at large.
The Guacamole Fund The Guacamole Fund is a non-profit organization with a 501(c)(3) tax status. It assists environmental, social change, cultural and service organizations by facilitating, organizing and producing benefit concerts, rallies, special ticket sales, receptions and media campaigns. These activities serve to publicize and raise consciousness about issues that are important and timely to the social change and environmental process, as well as raise funds.
Center for Biological Diversity Our Mission
Combining conservation biology with litigation, policy advocacy, and an innovative strategic vision, the Center for Biological Diversity is working to secure a future for animals and plants hovering on the brink of extinction, for the wilderness they need to survive, and by extension for the spiritual welfare of generations to come.
Join us in the fight to keep the wild alive !
Rainforest Action Network Rainforest Action Network protects forests and the rights of their inhabitants by campaigning to break America oil addiction, promote sustainable logging, and bring green ethics to Wall Street.
Greenpeace Greenpeace is a global campaigning organisation that acts to change attitudes and behaviour, to protect and conserve the environment and to promote peace.
Solartopia Along with wind, solar and bio-fuels, Solartopian energy comes from the waves, currents, rivers and tides; from the geothermal heat beneath the earth's crust; from the interplay of solar-heated water at the oceans' surface and the frigid deep.
End Hunger Network Bonnie: "How unthinkable that, in a country of such bursting plenty, so many people are facing ongoing hunger and poverty.
If we are truly each other's keepers, let's support school lunches, food stamps, neighborhood garden projects, and so many other wonderful programs working to put an end to this cruel and needless blight once and for all.
We can do it and I'm proud to help!"
Stop Global Warming This is a movement about change, as individuals, as a country, and as a global community. Join the 1,088,501 supporters of the Stop Global Warming Virtual March, and become part of the movement to demand our leaders freeze and reduce carbon dioxide emissions now. We are all contributors to global warming and we all need to be part of the solution.
Dream Foundation - Adopt a Dream The mission of Dream Foundation is to enhance the quality of life for individuals and their families during the end of life’s journey.
Dream Foundation helps adults find peace and closure with the realization of a final wish.
I support Public Citizen -- I hope you will, too. Bonnie Raitt I know that the work Public Citizen is doing today is critical to our future. Please join me in supporting Public Citizen and make a generous contribution now. -- Bonnie