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New Orleans Musicians Relief Fund

2008 Fashion Police at the Mardi Gras

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 05.30.2012 | Entertainment
Karen Dalton-Beninato

If this year's Oscar fashions were too tame for your taste, check out the Saving NOLA Mardi Gras Open House. Styles were more Bjork than Tilda Swinton, so mix up a Sazerac, crank some Subdudes and check it out.

Redefine 8/29: 10 Images of New Orleans Recovery

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Karen Dalton-Beninato

If you've been following this five-part series on my journey post-Katrina, you're as ready to move on to another topic as I am, so I'll wrap it up quickly and move on to 10 pictures of rebirth and recovery.

With A Little Help From Our Friends: A 5 Year Katrina Evacuation

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Karen Dalton-Beninato

When you've lived through it, hearing anyone call a disaster someone's Katrina is like hearing a pundit speculate on Obama's That Time Your House Burned Down when you're the one whose house burned down.

5 Years Post Katrina: In Which I Move Back to the Prairie

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Karen Dalton-Beninato

My life began to split into two very separate lives after 8/29. I took the road less traveled on, and also the road more heavily traveled. It has involved a great deal of driving.

I'm Having a Personal Crisis, Can I Take Your Order? Notes On a New Orleans Evacuation

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Karen Dalton-Beninato

Post disaster coverage is a tale of the sacred and the profane. There are the beautiful efforts of caring individuals, and there are counterproductive wombats you want to smack on the head with a pan.

Martha's Vineyard: Notes On a Five-Year New Orleans Evacuation

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Karen Dalton-Beninato

With tragedy at home, we were living by a beach with rainbow colored clay cliffs while deciding where to go and what to do.

Begin Again: Notes On a 5 Year New Orleans Evacuation

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Karen Dalton-Beninato

To talk about the last five years post-Katrina without mentioning what happened this summer would be to ignore the elephant in the room. The big, oily...

Subdudes Rock for New Orleans Musicians Relief Fund

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Karen Dalton-Beninato

The Subdudes first show in New Orleans this year benefited the New Orleans Musicians Relief Fund, giving musical instruments and grants to musicians in the city.

New Orleans Musicians in Their Own Words

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 04.06.2012 | Entertainment
Karen Dalton-Beninato

If the music moves you, buy the CD's, book the bands and fly down to hear more at the Jazz and Heritage Festival. Once you're there, the Wednesday bet...

Who Dat Man Style! Stats: Crawfish Claws, Flies on Humidity

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Karen Dalton-Beninato

Just when you recovered from our Jackson Squared, New Orleans Artist L. Steve Williams, Jr. has designed Who Dat Man to benefit the New Orleans Music...

Earth Day At Your Service: Generation New Orleans

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Karen Dalton-Beninato

New Orleans met the new generation of grass roots volunteers the hard way -- they helped clean up after the largest American environmental disaster since the Dust Bowl and have been pitching in ever since.

Julie & Julia: When the World Writes You Back

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Karen Dalton-Beninato

No matter what twists we see in Publishing 2.0, a love story running through Julie & Julia is that sometimes, after the solitary act of writing, the world writes you back.

A Great Year for Heavy Donations

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Karen Dalton-Beninato

Even as the economy slows down, the New Orleans Musicians Relief Fund seems to be a magnet for donations that weigh a great deal.

Attention Shoppers: Santa's Still Looking for Louie

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Karen Dalton-Beninato

The turkey's finally digested and another online shopping season is in high gear, so with your indulgence here's my plug for New Orleans Musicians Relief Fund merchandise.

R.E.M., Sack Boy and a Voodoo Doll

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Karen Dalton-Beninato

A random reveler at the Voodoo Music Experience handed me a voodoo doll with a lock of hair and said, "be careful."

Messageboard for Musicians Fleeing Gustav

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Karen Dalton-Beninato

The New Orleans Musicians Relief Fund has posted a new messageboard for those who have room for musicians out on the road or in shelters.

Smokey on the Water: Rock Star Camp Rolls Into New Orleans

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Karen Dalton-Beninato

Mark Hudson and Shamarr Allen jam at Rock Fantasy Camp When Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp rolled into New Orleans, the rock star counselors asked the N...

Green Furniture Program ReDefines 8/29 in New Orleans

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Karen Dalton-Beninato

The first blog I ever wrote for the Huffington Post was two years ago for the New Orleans Musicians Relief Fund's ReDefine 8/29 program, so watching...

Jammin' Generosity Gets Guitars to Young Rockers

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Karen Dalton-Beninato

Today nola.com's Chris Rose described the New Orleans Musicians Relief Fund guitar transfer (story here). Next month our charity is passing along a do...

ReBuild Your Own New Orleans Garage Band

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Karen Dalton-Beninato

Almost three years post-Katrina, touring musicians are struggling with higher gas prices and can use help staying out on the road. Please join us in getting the next generation of New Orleans musicians started out right.

Steven Paul Mark On Colbert, Writers' Strike

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Karen Dalton-Beninato

I recently sat down with Steven Paul Mark, formerly of Comedy Central, and chatted about the writers' strike, Colbert For President, and the Daily Show blackout's impact on campaign overage.