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Hurricane Katrina Benefit Concert Hits DVD August 22; 100% Of Net Proceeds Will Go To Victims

August 21st, 2006 2:29pm EDT
From The Big Apple To The Big EasyOn August 22, 2006, Rhino Entertainment, in association with MSG Entertainment, will release a double disc DVD of the landmark Katrina benefit concert, "From The Big Apple To The Big Easy: The Concert For New Orleans," which was held on September 20th, 2005 at Madison Square Garden to support the long-term relief and rebuilding efforts following Hurricane Katrina. As the one-year anniversary of the disaster approaches (August 29), Rhino Entertainment and MSGE invite you to bring home the DVD of the live concert performance that has touched so many lives. "From The Big Apple To The Big Easy" unites the biggest names in music with New Orleans legends to create a poignant musical journey. The live concert raised approximately nine million dollars to benefit long-term hurricane relief efforts. 100% of net proceeds from the sale of this DVD will continue to raise money and awareness for those victims.

"From the Big Apple to the Big Easy was one of the most unforgettable and important events ever held at Madison Square Garden," said Jay Marciano, president, MSG Entertainment. "It has always been our belief that music has the power to do more than entertain, but to help and heal those in need. Through the release of this DVD we are proud to continue to help organizations that are committed to providing on-going long-term relief efforts to the Gulf region, which still requires an enormous amount of aid."

Simon and GarfunkelVeteran television producer Ken Ehrlich ("The Grammy Awards") and Quint Davis, president of Festival Productions, Inc. and producer/director of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Essence Music Festival, served as executive producers of the live concert, "From the Big Apple to the Big Easy." Through their vision they brought together many unique musical pairings that created a magical night that was captured on DVD. Some of these special performances include a trio of songs from Simon & Garfunkel ("Mrs. Robinson" "Homeward Bound" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water"); a Neil Young classic performed by Jimmy Buffett and Dave Matthews ("Heart of Gold"); Elton John's bittersweet reminiscence ("Levon"); Jimmy Buffet's hit ("Margaritaville,") and The Neville Brothers & The Meters searing breakdown hymn ("Amazing Grace").

Beneficiaries for both the live concert and the DVD sales include the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund; Habitat for Humanity; MusiCares and the Children's Health Fund.

-The Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund serves as an umbrella organization for the three special funds established by Governors of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi and has been focused on assisting in the long-term recovery plan for the states

Jimmy Buffett-Habitat for Humanity has embarked on the most ambitious U.S. house building initiative in its history. Proceeds from the Concert for the Gulf Coast are rebuilding houses in these devastated communities.

-The MusiCares Hurricane Relief Fund benefits victims in the music industry affected by the crisis. Assistance includes basic living expenses such as shelter, food, utilities, transportation; medical expenses; clothing; instrument and recording equipment replacement; relocation costs; school supplies for students; insurance payments.

-The Children's Health Fund is continuing to expand its fleet of mobile medical vans, which are providing medical care for affected children


Rhino Entertainment will release "From the Big Apple to the Big Easy" on August 22. The two-disc set runs 200 minutes and features 5.1 surround sound.

Here's what's on the discs:

Disc 1
Jazz Funeral - Dirge/Celebrate - The ReBirth Brass Band, Allen Toussaint Band; Introduction by Ed Bradley
Southern Nights - Allen Toussaint
All These Things - Art Neville
Hercules - Lenny Kravitz
On Your Way Down/Yes We Can Can - Elvis Costello
Ain't Got No Home - Clarence "Frogman" Henry
Fortune Teller - Jimmy Buffett
A Change Is Gonna Come - Aaron Neville
Big Chief - Cyril Neville
Ladies Of The Big Easy Introduction by Jessica Lange
Time Is On My Side - Irma Thomas
Last Train/I Know (You Don't Want Me No More) - Cyndi Lauper & Allen Toussaint
Brother Jake/Iko Iko - Irma Thomas, The Dixie Cups & Cyndi Lauper
I Think It's Going To Rain Today - Bette Midler
Elton John Introduction by Scarlett Johansson
Levon - Elton John
Blues Introduction by Ed Bradley
My Girl Josephine - Ry Cooder
Rock Me Baby - Buckwheat Zydeco
When The Levee Breaks - Lenny Kravitz
Backwater Blues - Irma Thomas

Disc 2
Jimmy Buffett Introduction by Ed Bradley
Pascagoula Run - Jimmy Buffett
Heart Of Gold - Jimmy Buffett & Dave Matthews
Son Of A Son Of A Sailor - Jimmy Buffett & Dave Matthews
Fins - Jimmy Buffett
Margaritaville - Jimmy Buffett
Sea Cruise Jimmy Buffett & Paul Simon
President Bill Clinton Introduction by Ed Bradley
John Fogerty Introduction by President Bill Clinton
Born On The Bayou - John Fogerty
Proud Mary - John Fogerty
Jazz Introduction by Ed Bradley
The Monkey - Dave Bartholomew & Elvis Costello
I'm Walkin' - Diana Krall with Troy Andrews
St. James Infirmiry - Kermit Ruffins
Simon & Garfunkel Introduction by Paul Newman
Mrs. Robinson - Simon & Garfunkel
Homeward Bound - Simon & Garfunkel
Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel with Aaron Neville
The Neville Brothers Introduction by Ed Bradley
Carry The Torch - The Neville Brothers
The Meters Introduction by Ed Bradley
Hey Pocky Way - The Neville Brothers & The Meters
Amazing Grace - The Neville Brothers & The Meters
When The Saints Go Marching In - The Neville Brothers, The Meters & Guests
When The Saints Go Marching In (Brass Band Reprise) - The ReBirth Brass Band & The Dirty Dozen Brass Band