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Published: 2010/05/16

Mos Def and Lenny Kravitz to Perform with Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Gulf Aid

John Legend, Voice of the Wetlands Allstars, Lenny Kravitz, Mos Def, Allen Toussaint, Ani DiFranco, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Kermit Ruffins, Allen Toussaint and Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk are among the acts scheduled to appear at Gulf Aid today, May 16. The event will take place at New Orleans’ Mardi Gras World River City and will benefit those affected by the recent oil spill in the region. The performance is a sister event to Gulf Shores, AL’s the Hangout Beach, Music and Arts Festival.

Kravitz and Mos Def are expected to join Preservation Hall for a new benefit song the musicians recently recorded together. “I emailed [Mos Def], and he wrote back immediately that we was interested in doing something to help,” Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s Ben Jaffe says. “In the email he already included the first two lines of his rap.”

Below is the benefit’s confirmed lineup

Coastal Outdoor Stage

12:15pm Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs
1:00pm MyNameIsJohnMichael
1:45pm Happy Jack Frequency
2:30pm Big Sam’s Funky Nation
3:15pm Honey Island Swamp Band
4:00pm Beausoleil
4:45pm Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers with Jeremy Davenport
5:30pm Rebirth Brass Band
6:15pm Steve Riley and The Mamou Playboys with Jon Cleary
7:00pm Soul Rebels Brass Band
7:45pm Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk
8:30pm Zachary Richard
9:15pm Irvin Mayfield’s Playhouse Revue

Wetlands Indoor Stage

3:30pm Allen Toussaint
4:15pm The Voice of the Wetlands Allstars (featuring Tab Benoit, Dr. John, Cyril Neville, George Porter Jr., Waylon Thibodeaux, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Johnny Sansone, Johnny Vidacovich and Marcia Ball)
5:30pm Ani DiFranco
6:15pm Preservation Hall Jazz Band with Mos Def & Terence Blanchard
7:45pm John Legend
9:15pm Lenny Kravitz

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