Christmas on the City of New Orleans with Arlo Guthrie and Friends Are Bringing Back the Music - Benefiting Victims of Katrina

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In an open letter Arlo requests help to rebuild the infra-structure of venues to help musicians and New Orleans regain life. Arlo will ride Amtrak's "City of New Orleans" from Chicago to New Orleans performing benefits along the way.

Arlo Guthrie and friends will travel from Chicago, IL, to New Orleans, LA, on Amtrak’s "The City of New Orleans," performing at train stations and venues along the way to benefit the small venues destroyed by Katrina. They plan to depart Chicago on Dec. 5 and arrive in or near New Orleans on Dec. 17.

Focusing on small clubs and venues, Arlo and friends will collect and deliver pro music related gear (sound boards, cables, lighting, staging, etc.) to New Orleans and throughout the disaster area from Hurricane Katrina, to help them get up and operating as quickly as possible. So far everyone in the music community and elsewhere that has heard about it has been very supportive. Artists and locations for benefit shows along the track will be announced early October.

Note From Arlo:

When I think of New Orleans, I think of music. The City of New Orleans is America's first music city. New Orleans is the city that truly began America's contribution to the history of music world-wide. Without it, there'd be no popular music as we know it today.

When I wonder what they might need in New Orleans to get back on their feet, the stuff that gets ruined under water, I think of all the sound boards, the cables, the lighting, the microphones, the instruments; I think of the stuff you need in the hundreds of little clubs and bars that bring the music to the street - the street that brings the people to the city. And I think of the many thousands of people who depend on those people for their livelihoods.

I am determined to help restore all of those little places and bring the music back as soon as possible. I am contacting Amtrak to help us take the train 'The City of New Orleans' from Chicago all the way down to New Orleans. We'll take two weeks beginning in early December and stop along the way at depots or high schools or performance centers of all shapes and sizes. And we'll contact the manufacturers of the very stuff we're talking about and arrange to bring a Christmas present to all the small venues within the city - we'll purchase the gear as close to cost as we can, many will undoubtedly make substantial contributions.

Will you help me bring the music back? Working together with our friends in manufacturing, retail, transportation, the venues, the promoters, the press, the agents and managers and the artists - we can help deliver the stuff that helps make New Orleans sing its own uniquely American song. I'm going ... join us on the train, at the depot, from your office or home, but join us.

For info contact my office:

Rising Son Records

10741 US Highway 1

Sebastian, FL 32958.

Love as always,

Arlo Guthrie

Christmas on the "City of New Orleans" with Arlo Guthrie & Friends (Bringing Back the Music - Benefiting Victims of Katrina) in partnerships with a variety of music related companies and you will help provide "the stuff" to keep one of America’s cultural treasures alive.

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