The New Orleans culture embraces all of the natural cycles of life, turns sadness to joy with parades, Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs and even funerals. Celebrating life, death and rebirth is more than a custom in NOLA; it's become the city's cultural trademark inspiring all who visit. When Hurricane Katrina battered the Gulf Coast a few weeks ago, donating the proceeds from this show seemed the perfect way for the band and their fans to help bring the city's mojo full circle. In true NOLA fashion, the beauty and joy of music can uplift spirits and help support the city's incredible network of artists and musicians.
Phish's New Orleans Relief consists of the entire April 26, 1996 performance at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and is available now at http://www.livephish.com in both MP3 and lossless FLAC format. The show is rounded out with filler consisting of the entire second set from November 7, 1991 at Tipitina's where Phish was joined by special guests from Colonel Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit, who opened the show. The master cassette of set I of the Tip's show is missing, so New Orleans Reliefe provides a perfect chance to highlight the magic that occurred when Phish and ARU combined their talents to the great appreciation of those sufficiently "out-erested" to follow along. Both shows were mastered from the original 2-track soundboard recordings by Fred Kevorkian.
In addition to this very special download release, Phish Dry Goods is offering a special "New Orleans Relief" T-Shirt and a brand new, limited edition poster by Jim Pollock.
All artists and vendors involved in the project donated their time to the cause and ALL proceeds from downloads, t-shirt and poster sales will be donated directly to Tipitina's Foundation and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation. The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation has earmarked their funds for "Raisin' The Roof"; a program that builds affordable housing for New Orleans musicians, and to fund 2nd Line Parades.
To read more about Phish, their dedication to the city of New Orleans, the Tipitina's Foundation and The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, please http://www.phish.com/_content/email/20051006.html.