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Marsalis Kicks Off Non-Profit ‘Keep NOLA Music Alive’ with Virtual Concert

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Credit: Zac Smith

New Orleans musicians, trombonist, composer, and producer Delfeayo Marsalis is launching a new non-profit designed to help keep the city’s music culture thriving.

Delfeayo kicks off the fundraising effort with a “Double-Nickel Birthday Bash” virtual performance Sunday, August 2 at 6 p.m. EDT, marking his 55th birthday. To attend the concert, log on to Facebook.com/DelfeayoMarsalis. The concert will feature performances by the Uptown Jazz Orchestra and vocal powerhouse Tonya Boyd-Cannon.

“My dad dedicated his life to growing and promoting New Orleans musicians,” said Marsalis the legendary New Orleans pianist Ellis Marsalis who succumbed to COVID-19 on April 1, 2020 at the age of 85. “Today, the global health pandemic presents a threat to New Orleans’ culture bearers like none before. No less than our centuries-old musical heritage is at risk. With all performance venues shut down indefinitely and the musical tourism industry boarded up, our artists are struggling with both professional and financial uncertainty. Keep NOLA Music Alive was organized to fill a huge void.”

Donations can be made now at www.knoma.org. Donors can indicate how their funds are to be utilized and/or include a personal dedication in honor of a particular person or artist.

Artists, who must be native-born or long-term resident performers in New Orleans to receive assistance, can apply for grants through KNOMA’s website.

“We can no longer take for granted the brass bands on corners, the street musicians in Jackson Square, and the players in our clubs who perform with the joy and celebration that millions of visitors equate with the Big Easy,” says Marsalis. “We have to keep our music, the heart of New Orleans, beating for generations to come!”

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