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09/21/2021

Feed the Second Line & Fest Fest benefit Louisiana musicians amid Cat 4s and COVID

Online PR News – 21-September-2021 – New Orleans, LA – In the wake of Hurricane Ida and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, New Orleans’ Krewe of Red Beans is here to remind you that the fate and future of New Orleans are not up for debate. But the fate and future of Louisiana musicians? That’s up to you.

Through their Feed the Second Line initiative, the Krewe of Red Beans partners with Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs to identify culture bearers and elders, who provide them with a weekly grocery list and household requests. This creates shopping and delivery jobs for artists and musicians while helping the people who create the culture of New Orleans. These efforts are supported by donations (http://www.feedthesecondline.org).

Feed the Second Line has had a tremendous impact on New Orleans since the beginning of the pandemic.
--$200k+ in groceries purchased so far
--128+ culture bearers served
--$423k+ in wages paid to musicians and artists

After Hurricane Ida, Feed the Second Line expanded to include Bayou neighbors most affected by the storm.
--150+ tarped/repaired homes
--25 musicians employed making 50k in wages in a time when there are few gigs
--75k spent on supplies that have gone to our neighbors in Chauvin and Montegut
--20k pounds of ice, thousands of meals, and a whole lotta love distributed

Amid local festival cancellations, Krewe of Red Beans launched Fest Fest: a new initiative to support local musicians in the form of a crowd-funded music fest. Instead of bands performing at a potential super-spreader event, they will be hired to perform a surprise pop-up performance in someone's backyard in New Orleans. The porch, patio, and yard venues are selected via a raffle, generating income for the performers. Fest Fest musicians will be paid every penny they would have made had they been able to perform at the New Orleans Jazz Festival, French Quarter Festival, and Festival Des Acadiens et Creoles.

Today, the Krewe of Red Beans announces a newly-added Fest Fest headliner: The Revivalists, a group of roots rock iconoclasts who call New Orleans home. Krewe of Red Beans Founder, Devin De Wulf notes: "Given the destruction of Hurricane Ida and the additional loss of income facing musicians, Fest Fest is the single best way to help Louisiana musicians. We are so honored to have The Revivalists joining the cause."

Fest Fest popup concerts will take place October 8-17, 2021. Because of Delta, the shows will be secret and not open to the general public.

Learn more about Fest Fest and enter the raffle at http://www.festfest.org.

All donations go to New Orleans musicians and each donation equals one raffle entry. The Krewe of Red Beans welcomes and celebrates donations from anyone, anywhere. Raffle winners who live outside Orleans parish can gift the show to a frontline medical worker to boost their spirits in this difficult time.
About Krewe of Red Beans: Since 2008, we've been a love-your-city type of krewe. The Krewe of Red Beans works year-round to build a stronger community and celebrate the culture we all love. During COVID, the Krewe of Red Beans raised over $2 million to help the New Orleans cultural, food, and arts community. This small neighborhood parade organization has become an innovative leader of philanthropy in New Orleans with projects such as Hire A Mardi Gras Artist, Feed the Second Line, Feed the Front Line NOLA, and now Fest Fest. With everything we do, we want to help build a stronger support system and safety net for the culture-bearers that make New Orleans such a special place to live and visit. We're working to preserve, appreciate, and celebrate the culture of New Orleans. Whether it's supporting local businesses, creating jobs, giving artists a platform, or simply telling our unique stories, our aim is to contribute to a stronger, resilient, more equitable and sustainable New Orleans.