Earth Week music: Gulf Coast musicians mark BP oil spill anniversary

As I noted in a post last year, musicians in Louisiana and along the Gulf Coast have worked as hard as anyone to keep last year’s Deepwater Horizon explosion, and the subsequent oil spill, in the public mind. This week, as we celebrate Earth Day, and mark the one year anniversary of the disaster in the Gulf, musicians will again go to work to memorialize those killed in the explosion, and to raise awareness of the ongoing struggle with oil and dispersant pollution faced by coastal residents.

On Wednesday, April 20th, musicians will take to stages along the coast to remember the event. Dubbed “Guitars for the Gulf,” the event will take place in towns large and small: Scott, Louisiana, Ocean Springs, Mississippi, and Mobile, Alabama will all host shows. Of course, there will also be an event in New Orleans, at the legendary Tipitina’s, featuring blues legend Dr. John and musician and activist Drew Landry (among others).

A town hall meeting and press conference will precede the New Orleans show, and the event will also serve as a launch party for a five-song EP of songs from the late Bobby Charles’ Solution to Pollution Project. Charles, probably best known for his song “See You Later, Alligator” (made famous by Bill Haley & the Comets), created the project to introduce children to environmental issues. If you can’t wait for the Wednesday release, you can listen to songs Charles wrote and recorded for the project at his website.

Can’t make it to the Gulf Coast? Keep an eye on these projects at the Gigs for the Gulf Facebook page… If you do make one of these shows, please come back and share your experience.


Image credit: Guitars for the Gulf/Solution to Pollution Concert site