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Saturday, 25 June 2011 00:33

Through the efforts of many generous people, attention to the disappearance of wetlands along Louisiana’s Gulf coast will be highlighted during a major music event to be held in San Francisco on Thursday, January 29. As

most of us in Louisiana have been aware, our coastal lands are disappearing at an alarming rate of an acre every 30 minutes of every day, 365 days a year. Extensive studies and appeals to the federal government have yielded little results during the past 50 years, and until recently the cause has seemed to fall upon deaf ears.

But a significant boost now appealing to a greater number of people nationwide has been most recently through the efforts of such organizations as Voice of the Wetlands. Through this cause a growing number of concerned people have joined founder, Tab

VOW AllStars

Benoit in bringing about the awareness of this grave problem.

Grammy-award winning Benoit and a number of musicians who make up the Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars and have unselfishly shared their talents to promote the V.O.W. in raising awareness and contributions to initiate aggressive solutions in ending the coastal erosion. The All-Stars pictured above include Chief Monk Boudreaux, Waylon Thibodeaux, George Porter, Jr., Johnny Vidacovich, Anders Osborne, Dr. John, Cyril Neville, Beniot, and Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone.

Tab’s soulful blues and bayou rockin’ jazz sounds are well-known throughout the country and his connection with South Louisiana is deeply rooted. In 2006, he realized that perhaps through his music and the help of many others, might lie the beginnings to a possible solution.

Liz Goodwin Welborn, a friend and former schoolmate of Benoit, native of Louisiana and resident of San Francisco has assisted in coordinating a special event through a grass roots organziation known as For the Bayou, in the San Francisco Bay area.

The event will be held at 8:00 p.m. at the Great American Music Hall at 859 O’Farrell Street in San Francisco. Admission is $20 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Please consider encouraging any friends or family in the San Francisco Bay area to come out and support Liz and Tab. It will surely be a great opportunity to hear some down home Cajun sounds and benefit a really important cause.


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