For the Bayou works with musicians and artists that support restoration and protection of Louisiana's wetlands and speak to the emergency humanitarian needs of the people living in South Louisiana and along the Gulf Coast. In working with these artists, we hope to educate fans on the importance of our nation's biggest coastal wetlands, and to help preserve this environment, its culture and its people for many generations to come.
LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
by Page Perry
brought tragedy, as well as many new challenges to the Gulf Coast and its people,
wetlands, waters and animals. In the midst of these confrontations, For
the Bayou worked diligently to make a positive difference for Louisiana's coast
and people. Total donations from For the Bayou in 2010 to wetland and
coastal habitat restoration as well as humanitarian assistance in the wake
of the BP oil spill totaled $39,450.
first Bay for the Bayou 2010 event in San Francisco
was a huge success thanks to many Louisiana musicians, artists and volunteers
who donated their time and talent last September, we were able to raise over $40,000. View
pictures from the event at http://www.flickr.com/photos/forthebayou.
From this successful event, we donated $25,000 to
the Restore the Earth Foundation for the Gulf Saver Solutions Initiative;
this donation helped to conduct the first major restorative wetland planting
since the BP oil spill in December 2010. Oil was found in the area with
almost every footstep and with every dig.
Rather than planting native marsh grasses as independent plants,
this initiative seeks to implement a new wetlands restoration technique of
planting Gulf Saver Bags,
a pre-assembled package of native marsh grasses in a US Army Corps of Engineers
standard biodegradable "burlap (sand) bag", that is filled with an
all natural humus mix that helps in breaking down oil.
The Gulf Saver Solutions Initiative is coordinating several
projects to deploy thousands of Gulf Saver environmental bags to restore native
marsh grasses in wetland habitats at Pass a Loutre Wildlife Management Area
(WMA), in southern Plaquemines Parish. The first of these plantings went
forward on December 16 and 17, when a crew of volunteers, in cooperation with
the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Coalition to Restore
Coastal Louisiana traveled by airboat to distribute Gulf Saver Bags at the
Wildlife Management Area that forms the southeast tip of Plaquemines Parish
where the Mississippi River empties into the Gulf of Mexico. Click
here for pictures and details of the planting.
The wetland habitat within the Pass a Loutre WMA provides a natural home and
breeding grounds for shrimp, crabs, oysters, and more than five million migratory
birds. The southeastern Louisiana shoreline wetlands and barrier islands are
the first line of defense protecting the area's populations against storm surge
and tidal fluctuations.
This was the first wetlands restoration project in Louisiana since the Gulf
Oil spill and we are proud to have supported this planting and future projects
in the area. We will be sure to keep you updated on the progress of these
plantings throughout the year!
You can continue to support these efforts by making
a donation to For the Bayou or directly to Gulf Saver Solutions www.gulfsaversolutions.com. You
can also volunteer to plant. Please sign up with the Coalition
to Restore Coastal Louisiana at www.crcl.org or
The remaining monies from our Bay For the Bayou Benefit 2010 will
be allocated this spring to go toward further wetland and habitat restoration
along Louisiana's coast. Thank you to all of you, musicians, artists
and volunteers who assisted in this major effort! We look forward to having
you back in the Bay Area to showcase your talent and to assist us in restoring
incredibly talented musician whose music and presence on stage
is riveting, spiritual and astounding to his audience. Born in
Sweden, he left home at 16 and traveled throughout the world playing
music to eventually land in New Orleans in 1985. Aside from an
early following of devoted fans dating back to Anders shows in
local clubs in the French Quarter, Anders following has grown,
as his notoriety. He has co-written Grammy winning songs with Keb'Mo,
his songs have been featured in Hollywood movies, he has produced
a variety of albums for fellow friends and musicians in New Orleans
and his lyrics and songwriting ability are sought by musicians
throughout the country. He has been an active voice for the Louisiana's
wetland crisis with the Voice of the Wetland Allstars: Tab Benoit,
Cyrill Neville, Dr. John, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Jumpin' Johnny
Sansone, Waylon Thibodeaux, George Porter Jr. and Johnny Vidochovich.
His latest album, American Patchwork, is one not to be missed as
it speaks to Anders' own personal journey, struggles and recovery
and those of his home and people of New Orleans. "He is able
to refine and relate to the ordinary, making you feel a bit extraordinary
in the process."
video | www.andersosborne.com
BAY FOR THE BAYOU BENEFIT 2012
Over $40,000 in NET proceeds were
raised at the 2012 Bay For the Bayou Benefit in
San Francisco. For the Bayou has approved granting
these funds to assist in restoring Raccoon Island,
a Barrier Island of the Isle Dernière chain along
Louisiana's coast that contains sensitive, disappearing salt marshes,
is as a major nesting ground for Brown Pelicans and shorebirds and
acts as a barrier to inland marshes and wetlands. The restoration
will be an effort led by the organization's partner, Restore
the Earth Foundation, along with assistance and financial
support from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries,
the Coypu Foundation and other generous sponsors.
FOR THE BAYOU 1st ANNUAL MUSIC & CULTURAL
100% OF THE NET PROCEEDS FOR HUMANITARIAN & ENVIRONMENTAL
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2010 | 7pm - 1am
Raised over $25,000 for emergency efforts. Grass
roots of generosity from the Bay to the Bayou & Gulf Coast
by San Francisco restaurants, artists, businesses, non-profits
and people. On this eve of the Saints vs. SF49ers, an All Star
line up and jam of New Orleans and Bay Area musicians for hours
of music and camaraderie were featured with visiting Saints fans,
people from the Bay and beyond. Read Press
GENO DELAFOSE & FRENCH ROCKIN'
BOOGIE, SAN RAFAEL, CA SATURDAY, AUGUST 7,
Marin JCC featured Geno
Delafose supporting For the Bayou as part
of their Performing Art Series in August. Le Cowboy Creole and
his French Rockin' Boogie performed and a booth was set up with
information on how to get involved in assisting with the Gulf Oil
Disaster in Louisiana and the Gulf Coast. www.genodelafose.net
For Tickets: www.marinjcc.org/performing_arts
FUNK OIL BENEFIT
IVAN NEVILLE's DUMPSTAPHUNK & Bay Area heroes
Joe Bagale & Crystal Monee Hall
Great American Music Hall | San Francisco
Friday, July 23, 2010
Brought to you by SF Weekly & Sunset Promotions. All show profits
going to FOR THE BAYOU
$22 advance / $25 DOS at www.gamhtickets.com
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JULY 2010. SF WEEKLY & SUNSET
PROMOTIONS CHOSE FOR THE BAYOU AS BENEFICIARY OF SAN FRANCISCO’S
“FUNK OIL”AND THE ALL SHOOK DOWN FESTIVAL FEATURING IVAN NEVILLE’S
DUMPSTAPHUNK & OTHER ARTISTS. FESTIVAL RAISES OVER $3500
FOR THE BAYOU. SAN FRANCISCO, CA.
San Francisco Chronicle’s SF Weekly and Sunset Promotions kicked
off the weekend’s All
Shook Down Music Festival with a massive benefit for the
festival’s nonprofit sponsor, For the Bayou.
“FUNK OIL”, a benefit concert of over 530 people hosted at
the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. The concert
featured the New Orleans musical all-star ensemble, Ivan Neville’s
Dumpstaphunk and opening sets by Bay Area R&B/jazz heroes
the Joe Bagale and southern soul diva Crystal Monee Hall. “FUNK
OIL” was the official kickoff party for their All Shook Down
Music Street Festival in the North Beach district of San Francisco
featuring Neon Indian and Janelle Monae. There were over 5000
attending the street festival in San Francisco. Through the
work of the event co-producers, SF Weekly and Sunset Promotions,
over $3500 was raised and donated to For the Bayou to assist
in emergency efforts in South Louisiana. Thank you to the
co-producing organizations for their generosity and support.
JUNE 29 2010. BAY AREA FUNK ARTISTS "BROTHERS
RAISE $500 AT YOSHI'S S.F. BENEFIT. SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Francisco musical group “The Brothers Goldman” and San Francisco
based non-profit For the Bayou joined forces
to raise emergency funds for the Louisiana wetlands and coastline.
World renowned jazz night club Yoshis’ SF hosted a ...”REAL
DEAL PHAT Tuesday” party featuring SF’s own The Brothers Goldman.
Before, during and after the performance, Bay area radio personality
Linda Seabright of KRSH 95.9FM and other volunteers were on hand
to discuss For the Bayou’s projects, New Orleans Music, Food,
Art and accept donations. The event raised $500 to support restoration
and preservation of Louisiana’s wetlands.
The Brothers Goldman have been playing in venues all over the San
Francisco Bay Area since 2003, serving up a spicy gumbo of New
Orleans street fonk and acid jazz they call Tantric Fonk.
FEBRUARY 18, 2010. MOJITO & FOR THE
BAYOU RAISE $3000 AT SAINTS SUPERBOWL BENEFIT. SAN FRANCSICO,
Restaurant and Bar in the North Beach district of San Francisco
co-hosted an off the wall Saints Superbowl Benefit party with For
the Bayou to raise funds for wetland restoration and
awareness of Louisiana’s coastal crisis. Guests were transported
to the Big Easy as the packed crowd of enthusiastic Saints
fans were fed gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice and homemade
corn bread all cooked by For the Bayou’s Founder, Elizabeth
Welborn. If that was not enough, many For the Bayou representatives
made homemade Mardi Gras King Cake that was passed around to
the crowd. The energy and emotions ran high throughout the
game with moments of despair followed by roars of cheers.
Fans and transplanted Louisiana natives shared many tears as
the Superbowl championship for the Saints meant much more than
simply a trophy. It meant the city had survived and triumphed
over major struggles after Katrina and that hopes and dreams
were within reach for the city and for South Louisiana. Many
guests commented the evening was their favorite evening out
in San Francisco. 100% of the door went to For the Bayou
to assist in wetland plantings and awareness efforts of the
environmental crisis. We thank Mojito and their enthusiastic
and heartfelt staff for their assistance in this effort!
JULY 2010. ANTHROPOLOGIE CHOSES
FOR THE BAYOU AS CHARITY ASSOCIATED WITH NEW ORELANS CANAL STREET
STORE OPENING ON AUGUST 27, 2010.
chooses For the Bayou for its New Orleans
store opening in Canal Place in late August 2010. The popular
and funky fashion and houseware chain, Anthropologie, is
finally coming to New Orleans with its store opening to take
place on the weekend of the 5 year anniversary of Katrina.
The opening is by invitation only and will feature wine for
guests and music by Thelonius Monk Institute. For the Bayou
will receive 10% of the proceeds of sales that evening on
the opening day. Anthropologie’s decision and timing on
its New Orleans store gives hope that new companies are enthusiastic
to do business in New Orleans and South Louisiana. In addition,
the store has incorporated works by several local artists,
including Alexa Pulitzer and Sarah Ashley Longshore.
JUNE 2010. TESS AID BENEFIT FOR
THE BAYOUT RAISES EMERGENCY MONEY FOR HUMANITARIAN AID TO FISHERMAN & COASTAL
RESIDENTS AFFECTED BY THE BP OIL SPILL. NEW ORLEANS, LA
south Louisiana’s coast continued its ongoing battle against the
invasion of crude from BP’s Deepwater Horizon platform rig explosion,
residents Nissa and Rick Teissier decided they wanted to help.
Nissa Teissier used her creative talent and compassion to pull
together, in less than two weeks time, “Tess-Aid For the Bayou”,
a backyard, grass roots benefit party that raised over $10,000
for fisherman and their families affected by the BP oil disaster.
(input previous fundraiser info from blog on old
Nissa teamed up with For The Bayou, to assist in
reaching fishermen and residents affected along the coast. See
“July 2010. For the Bayou allocated $9455 to the Alliance for
Gulf Coast Communities Fund for Emergency Humanitarian Aid”
4th Annual LSU Gumbo Cook-off & Silent Auction
Sponsored by: LSU Alumni Chapter of Colorado Partnered & Tulane
Alumni Chapter of Colorad
August 8, 2010 4pm - 8 pm
3005 W. County Line Road
Please join us for the 4th Annual Denver LSU Alumni Gumbo Cook-off
co-sponsored by the Tulane Alumni Chapter of Colorado. The beneficiary
this year is For the Bayou with 100% of funds raised to help humanitarian
and environmental efforts in South Louisiana. If you are interested
in purchasing tickets or donating to the silent auction,