Fuse will air "Gulf Aid: Concert for the Coast" Saturday (May 22), a benefit concert in response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill crisis and its impact on coastal communities in the surrounding area, featuring Lenny Kravitz, John Legend, Mos Def and more.
The benefit concert took place on Sunday, May 16, at Mardi Gras World's River City in New Orleans. Accompanying the performance will be footage of the scenic wetlands areas and fishing communities shot in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. The concert event airs at 11 p.m. ET/10 p.m. CT.
To continue to help, donations can be made by texting GULFAID with a space followed by the amount you want to contribute to 27138 (e.g.: "GULFAID 10" to "27138"), by logging on to www.gulfaid.org or mailed to Gulf Relief Foundation, a 501 C3 non-profit corporation located at P.O. Box 6917, Metairie, LA 70009, that supports organizations focused on wetlands/coastal environmental issues and the regional seafood industry.
Airing exclusively on MSG-owned Fuse, the hour-long concert features world-renowned musicians who came together to help raise money to clean up the millions of gallons of oil that has spilled since the April 20 explosion off the coast of Louisiana.
Lenny Kravitz, who is also a part-time New Orleans resident, John Legend and rapper and actor Mos Def joined Ani DiFranco, Allen Toussaint, The Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, who all share concerns about how the recent developments in the Gulf will affect the lives of people in Louisiana and bordering Gulf states.
Available for download via iTunes, Rapper Mos Def and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band recorded "It Ain't My Fault" with Lenny Kravitz and New Orleans' Trombone Shorty. The benefit track is a remake of the New Orleans classic.
"Gulf Aid: Concert for the Coast" was produced by Rehage Entertainment, producer of the Voodoo Experience and Essence Music Festival.
Cable networks also have been doing their bit to aid flood-damaged Nashville residents recover. Those efforts include a benefit concert that aired on Scripps Networks-owned GAC that has thus far raised $1.8 million. Fuse said Gulf Relief Foundation is expected to announce soon how much the Gulf Aid concert has raised.