Dear New Orleans Benefit Concert at the Black Cat - October 4 @ 8 p.m.

It should come as no surprise to the MetroMusicScene audience that New Orleans is near and dear to my heart, the city of my birth and where I spent most of my first three decades.  I had a chance to attend a Future of Music Coalition sponsored pre-release listening party for the Dear New Orleans benefit album, a project of the music non-profit Air Traffic Control.  So I am immensely pleased to announce that FMC, in conjunction with their Policy Summit, and ATC are hosting a benefit concert on Monday, October 4 at The Black Cat.  Details from our friend Jem Bahaijoub of ImaginePR:

Featuring Bonerama, Damian Kulash of OK Go, Jenny Toomey & Franklin Bruno, Hank Shocklee (Public Enemy),  Jonny 5 of Flobots, Tim Quirk of Wonderlick (and half of Too Much Joy!), Rebecca Gates, Crossover Clarinetist Mariam Adam,
plus special guests!
"Dear New Orleans - A Benefit Concert,"  Monday, October 4, 2010, Black Cat
Washington, D.C.—National non-profit organization Future of Music Coalition (FMC) celebrates a  decade of  fighting for musicians this October with their highly engaging three day flagship conference. The 10th Anniversary Future of Music Policy Summit brings the brightest minds in music, technology, policy and law together to discuss the key issues affecting the entire music ecosystem. 
In addition to the conference, FMC and Air Traffic Control (ATC) are pleased to announce "Dear New Orleans - A Benefit Concert." The concert takes place at the Black Cat on Monday, October 4, and showcases several of the artists who contributed to the critically-acclaimed compilation, Dear New Orleans. The benefit album was produced by ATC to mark the fifth anniversary of Katrina and the floods. This D.C. show pays tribute to the city of music with one-of-a-kind collaborations between album artists and celebrated New Orleans musicians.
Since Hurricane Katrina, a diverse group of musicians have headed to the cradle of American music to participate in a series of artist-activist retreats produced by FMC and ATC and to learn firsthand about efforts to rebuild and sustain this vital city and its music communities. Proceeds from the album and concert benefit nonprofits working to support the region's unique musical and cultural traditions, and to restore and protect crucial environment and community resources.
Dear New Orleans can be downloaded here:
"Dear New Orleans - A Benefit Concert." 
Black Cat, Washington D.C.
Doors at 8 p.m.
Bonerama with
Damian Kulash of OK Go
Jenny Toomey & Franklin Bruno
Hank Shocklee
Jonny 5 of Flobots
Wonderlick (and half of Too Much Joy!)
Rebecca Gates
Crossover Clarinetist Mariam Adam
Plus special guests!
The benefit concert is one of numerous can’t-miss events at the 10th Anniversary Future of Music Policy Summit. which takes place at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. from October 3-5. Speakers and presenters include T Bone Burnett (renowned musician, composer and producer), Chuck D (Public Enemy), Damian Kulash (OK Go) Craig Finn (The Hold Steady), Eric Garland (founder, Big Champagne Media Measurement), musician Erin McKeownIan Rogers (CEO of TopSpin), Tim Westergren of Pandora, independent label legend Tom Silverman of Tommy Boy Records as well as representatives from YouTube Music, Google, and Facebook.
The full list of confirmed presenters and panelists can be seen here:
The conference kicks off on Sunday, October 3, with a "Musicians Education Day" featuring presentations and interactive discussions on subjects ranging from fan analytics to direct-to-consumer case studies to the possible impact of health care reform on musicians. Artists and music entrepreneurs are sure to welcome Ariel Hyatt, who will present her sought-after “master class” on music marketing and social media on Sunday morning. 
On Monday October 4 and Tuesday October 5, programming will include presentations, interviews, and panel discussions about the future of the music industry, the government’s role in sustaining creative communities, artists as cultural ambassadors, and the viability of music delivery moving to “the cloud.” In addition, attendees will choose from nearly a dozen “supersessions” on topics ranging from international copyright issues to artist activism. 
For further information please contact:
Jem Bahaijoub