FINALLY! Gulf Benefit Tonight, CNN: Justin Beiber, Sting, Cameron Diaz

It’s about time! Finally there’s large scale national benefit for the Gulf region. The spill may not have injured orphans and displaced families like earlier telethons, but the BP spill’s impact¬† affects hundreds of thousands of people–oil workers, fishermen, shrimpers, support workers, the tourism industry–in at least four states, as well as millions of non-human life forms: Coral, crabs, fish, dolphins, manatees,¬† sea birds, plants. And all our oceans are connected…this could flow across the globe. Buh bye, world.

So Larry King is devoting two hours tonight, beginning at 8pm Eastern time for a telethon/concert/fundraiser for humans and the environment devastated by the BP Deepwater Horizon spill. Sting has signed on, along with teen sensation Justin Beiber, Cameron Diaz, Ryan Seacrest, and Robert Redford, Deepak Chopra, Philippe Cousteau, Ted Danson, Kathy Griffin, Chelsea Handler, Randy Jackson, Kerry Kennedy, Lenny Kravitz, Jenny McCarthy, Tim McGraw, Alyssa Milano, Aaron Neville, Edward James Olmos, Victoria Principal, Gloria Reuben, Tyson Ritter, Richard Simmons, Ian Somerhalder, Sam Trammell, Melania and Ivanka Trump, Pete Wentz, Herbie Hancock and India.Arie.

CNN states that the event will benefit

United Way, The National Wildlife Federation and The Nature Conservancy, organizations working directly with the families, individuals and wildlife affected by the Gulf oil spill.

The Nature Conservancy lists BP as a member of its International Leadership Council.

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GULF AID Concert Sunday: Lenny Kravitz, John Legend, Jazz Greats. LIVE BROADCAST



New Orleans and the entire Gulf region knows how to pull together and they doing so this Sunday to help the region which is being devastated by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster. All day Sunday May 16 you can help out by listening to and donating to Gulf Aid a “mini-Jazz Fest” featuring John Legend, Lenny Kravitz, Ani DiFranco, Dr. John, Kermit Ruffins–check out his video above–and dozens of New Orleans jazz music performers including the amazing Preservation Hall Jazz Band, seen below in a vintage 1973 clip.

Be a saint and donate! The tax-deductible funds raised will go towards wetland preservation and restoration and to aid fishermen and families impacted by the horrendous spill.

Much of the concert will be broadcast live on WWOZ.org beginning at noon local (10m west coast/1pm east). You can follow the GulfAid Twitter stream here.

Musicians, business leaders in New Orleans and community radio station WWOZ-FM have come together to create the GULF AID benefit concert to raise funds for wetland recovery efforts, fishermen and their families as oil continues to gush into the Gulf of Mexico from the site of the collapsed deepwater horizon. The fundraising concert will take place on Sunday, May 16, rain or shine from noon – 10 pm at Mardi Gras World River City overlooking the Mississippi River in New Orleans.

The fund will ensure all proceeds are distributed to organizations focused on supporting wetlands/coastal environmental issues & the well-being of fishermen, and the regional seafood industry.Donations may also be sent to the Gulf Relief Foundation, a 501 C3 non-profit corporation, located at P.O. Box 61035, New Orleans, LA 70161.

Coastal Outdoor Stage
12:15pm Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs
1:00pm MyNameIsJohnMichael
1:45pm Irvin Mayfield’s Playhouse Revue
2:30pm Big Sam’s Funky Nation
3:15pm Honey Island Swamp Band
4:00pm Beausoleil
4:45pm Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers with Jeremy Davenport
5:30pm Rebirth Brass Band
6:15pm Steve Riley and The Mamou Playboys with Jon Cleary
7:00pm Soul Rebels Brass Band
7:45pm Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk
8:30pm Zachary Richard
9:15pm Happy Jack Frequency

Wetlands Indoor Stage

3:30pm Allen Toussaint
4:15pm The Voice of the Wetlands Allstars (featuring Tab Benoit, Dr. John, Cyril Neville, George Porter Jr., Waylon Thibodeaux, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Johnny Sansone, Johnny Vidacovich and Marcia Ball)
5:30pm Ani DiFranco
6:15pm Preservation Hall Jazz Band with Mos Def & Terence Blanchard
7:45pm John Legend
9:15pm Lenny Kravitz

All photos via Creative Commons: NewsHour; bgJohnstonOilpocalypse2010, NASA Earth Observatory


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