Just a friendly reminder that tonight from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. at Gasa Gasa DJ Soul Sister will be hosting "It's a LOVE Thing," a benefit to help Gambit correspondent Deborah "Big Red" Cotton in her recovery after falling victim to the mass shooting at the Mother's Day Second Line. Cotton herself will be at the event in one of her first public appearances since the shooting.
As we noted earlier, admission will be $10 at the door with all those proceeds going to Cotton's recovery fund. On top of that, there will be a raffle, a live painting of the event and food catered by Boucherie. Artwork at Gasa Gasa will also be on sale and 30% of art sales will go to Cotton's recovery fund. You can check out all the details on the Facebook event page including preview photos of the art for sale.
Can't make it out tonight? DJ Soul Sister has got you covered with a live stream of her set on LiveMusicNOLA.com. Those who would like to contribute to the cause can also visit the event's "digital tip jar" or just donate directly to Cotton's recovery fund.
Cotton, who regularly writes about second lines and brass bands for Gambit, was one of the 19 victims shot during a mass shooting during the Original Big 7 Social Aid and Pleasure Club second line held on Mother's Day this year. Speaking with Lee Zurik of Fox 8 this week, Cotton said she lost whole or parts of several organs and had to undergo 11 surgeries. The full interview is below.