Disaster relief can come in many forms, and one way Louisiana recovers is with its music, resulting in concerts throughout the state benefitting those who have lost so much.
Much of the southern region of Louisiana faced unprecedented flooding this past month, disrupting tens of thousands of lives in countless and long-lasting ways. But thankfully alongside these heartbreaking stories of loss are also inspiring stories of heroes and individuals. People that are personifying those helpers Mr. Rogers wisely instructed us to look for in times like these.
Helpers in Louisiana have taken countless forms, many tapping into talents testifying to this state’s culture—boating, supporting, cooking and now, perhaps inevitably, music. Below is a list we’ve gathered of upcoming concerts throughout the state benefiting a variety of flood relief efforts. We are so thankful for these artists (nearly all of whom are Louisiana natives), venues and organizers that are not only raising much-needed tangible support but also giving the state a much-needed opportunity to smile, laugh and dance!
WHEN: Friday-Sunday, Sept. 2; 3 - 9 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday
WHERE: City Park Festival Grounds, New Orleans
ARTISTS: Zebra, Village People, The Romantics and Blood, Sweat & Tears along with local favorites Flow Tribe, Tank and the Bangas and the Hot 8 Brass Band
ADDITIONAL INFO: This local festival favorite also features 30 delicious food vendors.
WHERE: Evangeline Downs Event Center, Opelousas
WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 4; 2 - 10 p.m.
ARTISTS: Wayne Toups, Hunter Hayes, Kix Brooks, Louisiana LeRoux, Atchafalaya, Dustin Sonnier and Jamie Bearb
ADDITIONAL INFO: Toups will also host a live auction that includes (so far) guitars and other auction items from Brooks and Dunn, Mark Chesnutt, Eric Church, Brad Paisley and Chris Stapleton.
WHERE: Northshore Harbor Center, Slidell
WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 18; 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
ARTISTS: The Castaways, Dr. Rock, 90 Degrees West, Christian Serpas & Ghost Town, Band Camp, Four Unplugged, Supercharger and Sledgehammer
ADDITIONAL INFO: The St. Tammany Humane Society and Second Harvest Food Bank will be on-site accepting donations.
WHERE: Repentance Park in downtown Baton Rouge
WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 25; 3 p.m.
ARTISTS: Lonestar, Mark Chesnutt, Jamie O’Neal, Wayne Toupes, Marty Raybon, Tracy Byrd, Aaron Tippin, Mickey Gilley, Chad Brock, John Conlee, John Schneider and James Linden Hogg
ADDITIONAL INFO: Lawn chairs and blankets welcome.
If you can’t make it in person to one of these events, Raycom Media is hosting Louisiana Rising: A Benefit Concert for Flood Relief hosted by Harry Connick, Jr. and Randy Jackson and featuring performances by Better Than Ezra, Sonny Landreth, Chris Thomas King, MacKenzie Bourg, Luther Kent and Rockin' Dopsie and more. The event will be broadcast live across all Raycom Media television stations Monday, Sept. 5 from 7 – 9 p.m. Click here for a list of channels airing the event throughout the U.S.
If all this didn’t make your heart grow two sizes bigger already, the Louisiana 1 Flood Relief concert happened on Aug. 28 in Lake Charles and music venues including The Varsity in Baton Rouge and New Orleans’ Republic NOLA have donated proceeds from concerts that were already on their calendars. Additionally, multiple restaurants throughout the state had hosted concerts in support of flood relief as well. And New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees arranged a raffle. Music, food, football and people helping people—it doesn’t get much more Louisiana than that.