Jazz and Blues Legends Rock the Northeast, Help Save Louisiana’s Coastal Wetlands

Neville Brothers, Dr. John and Mavis Staples Highlight the America’s WETLAND Revival Tour.

New Orleans, LA – The Spirit of New Orleans: America’s WETLAND Revival Tour kicked off on June 10 starring the Neville Brothers, Dr. John and Mavis Staples. The jazz and blues legends brought the soulful tunes and spirit of New Orleans to a New York audience while raising awareness of the impact Louisiana’s coastal land loss has on the state, nation and world. Additional concerts are scheduled for June 16 in Chicago and June 18 in Indianapolis.

“We were all shocked when we learned about the rate at which Louisiana’s coastal wetlands are disappearing,” said Maryann Beaumont, Executive Director of Friends of the Arts in Oyster Bay, New York. “Knowing that the loss of America’s WETLAND affects all Americans, we were pleased to host these incredible musicians and help raise awareness about Louisiana’s coastal land loss.”

Louisiana’s coast is home to more than two million people and provides essential habitat for animal, plant and marine species. Additionally, these valuable wetlands support the world’s largest port system by tonnage and the infrastructure responsible for transporting 30 percent of the oil and natural gas consumed in the United States. Yet these protective wetlands have been disappearing at the rate of 24 square miles per year.

“Events like the Spirit of New Orleans: America’s WETLAND Revival Tour are a vital part our efforts to help raise awareness about Louisiana’s coastal land loss and what this means for the entire nation,” said King Milling, President of the America’s WETLAND Foundation. “We were pleased to have the opportunity to bring the celebrated sounds of New Orleans to New York and look forward to visiting Chicago and Indianapolis on the remainder of the tour.” Upcoming stops for the Spirit of New Orleans: America’s WETLAND Revival Tour are:

June 16, 2006
Highland Park, IL (Chicago)
Ravinia Pavilion

June 18, 2006
Indianapolis, IN
Indy Jazz Festival – Military Park