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an organization of activist musicians and managers, has released Dear New Orleans, a downloadable album of 31 songs to benefit Sweet Home New Orleans and the Gulf Coast Recovery Network. Participating artists include My Morning Jacket, Alison Moorer, Paul Sanchez, Nellie McKay and REM's Mike Mills. The album is available at most online music stores and can be bought directly at www.dearneworleansmusic.org for $12.
Deacon John Moore
received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cutting Edge Music Business Conference held Aug. 26-28 in New Orleans. "Deac" was also scheduled to be the subject of an oral history brunch Aug. 29. A treasure of the local music scene for more than 50 years with his "jump blues" style, Moore has led his own bands and can be heard on vintage recordings of music pioneers from Little Richard to Allen Toussaint.
performed a sold-out charity show for more than 1,000 people at Beau Rivage Casino Resort in Biloxi, Miss., Aug. 21, beginning with the words "Welcome, BP stockholders!" The beneficiary of Leno's performance was the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, which is helping residents affected by the oil disaster. The benefit raised just over $90,000, and the Tonight Show host chipped in to make it an even $100K.
former Gretna city councilman, was sentenced to 17 years in federal prison Aug. 23 by U.S. District Judge Lance Africk. In April, Bolar was convicted of extortion, wire fraud, financial structuring and tax violations. Bolar has also been ordered to pay more than $174,000 in restitution to his victims. Sentencing guidelines dictated a 10-12 year imprisonment, but the U.S. Attorney's Office had argued for more — and Africk agreed.