Jun 30, 2010 7:15 PM by Melissa Hawkes

Coast to Coast Benefit to Raise Money for the Gulf

Tomorrow night, The Shed in Scott won't just be a restaurant, instead it'll be a place where you can hear from oil spill exerts in the community and be entertained by local musicians for free.


Frank Fonnier, an Owner of The Shed, "We are getting people that are directly involved in the oil spill, in the oil spill clean up in the effects of hurricanes in that issue, but who are not directly tied into the oil companies."


Drew Landry, an activist and musician, said "it's a great line-up giving their time and talents. No one is getting paid, the venues are giving 100 percent from the door and the artists are giving their time up."


Landry helped organize the event. He went to Venice to volunteer soon after the oil started reaching Louisiana's shores, that's where he came up with the idea for a fundraiser.


He said they didn't have much for volunteers to do and many couldn't work without signing a contract to not talk about what was going on in the oil spill clean up effort.


The Shed isn't the only one hosting musicians--there's also three others in the area-Blue Moon Saloon, Bourque's Social Club and Somewhere's Else Lounge.


Some venues will charge ten dollars at the door, others just be accepting donations.


Fonnier said, "We'll be asking for donations for the people that come here, but if you just want to come listen, that's perfectly acceptable as well."


Landry added, "What would make this a success is getting people off the couch and getting out and doing something."


All the proceeds will be donated to the Gulf Restoration Effort and other non profits. The town hall meeting will begin at six at The Shed and last until eight. After the meeting all four venues will be accepting donations and the music will begin.




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