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From the Big Apple to the Big Easy: The Concert for New Orleans

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On September 20th, 2005, Madison Square Garden hosted this concert for the Gulf Coast to support the long-term relief and rebuilding efforts following Hurricane Katrina. The live concert featured New Orleans musical legends joined onstage by many of music's biggest names. The DVD includes show-stopping performances from Allen Toussaint, Bette Midler, Buckwheat Zydeco, Cyndi Lauper, Dave Bartholomew, Diana Krall, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Elton John, Elvis Costello, Irma Tomas, Jimmy Buffett, John Fogerty, Lenny Kravitz, the Meters, the Neville Brothers, Ry Cooder, Simon & Garfunkel, and others.

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If anything good can be said to have come out of the 2005 Hurricane Katrina catastrophe, it's From the Big Apple to the Big Easy, an ideal union of musicians, songs, and a worthy cause that results in one of the best benefit concerts in years. The music at this Madison Square Garden extravaganza (another show took place that same September night at Radio City Music Hall) on behalf of the people of New Orleans and the battered Gulf Coast isn't just good, it's right. What we witness over the course of some three hours is more than the usual passel of big stars showing up to do the right thing and drum up some cash and support for the unfortunate and the dispossessed; some of these folks actually are the dispossessed, and the majority have an authentic connection to the Crescent City. The Neville Brothers, Allen Toussaint, the Meters, Irma Thomas, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Clarence "Frogman" Henry: these are performers who are steeped in the astonishingly rich tradition of the place that gave us Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino, and so many others who helped weave the dense fabric of American music. And while the show takes a little while to hit its stride, by the time it climaxes with "When the Saints Go Marching In" you'll be partying like a drunken reveler during Mardi Gras. Highlights are almost too numerous to list here, but they'd have to include Thomas' "Time is on My Side" (the early Rolling Stones hit) and the Dixie Cups' "Iko Iko," both included in a segment devoted to what actress Jessica Lange calls "the bad girls of the Big Easy"; guitarist Ry Cooder's "Hello Josephine," part of a blues set with Buckwheat Zydeco and Lenny Kravitz; John Fogerty, who breathes rocking new life into "Born on the Bayou" and "Proud Mary"; the Dirty Dozen's rollicking "St. James Infirmary," one of New Orleans' signature songs; and a gorgeous "Bridge Over Troubled Water," which finds Art Garfunkel (reunited with Paul Simon for the occasion) sharing the lead with the angel-voiced Aaron Neville. And that's to say nothing of Bill Clinton, who helped spearhead relief efforts with George H. W. Bush and whose appearance receives the most prolonged ovation of the night. The concert raised a reported $9 million, and 100% of net proceeds from the sale of this two-DVD set will continue to raise money and awareness for Katrina victims. That alone would justify buying From the Big Apple to the Big Easy, but the music makes it a no-brainer. --Sam Graham

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Product Details

  • Actors: Buckwheat Zydeco, Jimmy Buffett, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Dixie Cups, Elton John
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Rhino
  • DVD Release Date: August 22, 2006
  • Run Time: 190 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GIXECM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,003 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Nicholas G. Skroumbelos on August 27, 2006
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I was at this concert last September! The guy that got the house really rockin was John Fogerty. He was introduced by former president Bill Clinton. There's a great duet with Cyndi Lauper and the Dixie Cups doing "Iko Iko." Jimmy Buffet, Simon & Garfunkel, The Frogman himself, Buckwheat Zydeco, Elton John,

Scarlet Johansen, Allan Tussaint, tons of traditional Dixieland complete with audience second line. This concert was over six hours long. I counted over 30 acts. I hope they also release

a soundtrack to go along with this if they haven't already.

You won't go wrong with this one. Any one of the above mentioned alone is worth the price of this DVD.
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If music is important to you, any type of music, then the city of New Orleans - its music, its history, and its culture - must also be important to you. New Orleans has served as home base for virtually every type of music ever created in the United States of America, and the cultural history/diversity of this city is both unprecedented and unmatched. 2005 was a year most New Orleanians would rather forget, but the devastation left behind by Katrina makes that impossible. A half million homes were destroyed by one storm, and the majority of them were inside the New Orleans city limit. The storm, and most especially its aftermath, is a part of history that should never, ever be forgotten. The way our government failed the city, from infrastructure, to local politics, to federal programs and support, has been a travesty of monumental proportions. All that remains is how our country's citizenry responds. For our own sake and the sake of our own culture as a unified, Democratic nation, we must support New Orleans and the entire gulf coast as it takes on the Herculean task of rebuilding itself.

"From the Big Apple to the Big Easy - The Concert for New Orleans" is one of the most painless and relevant ways that you can show some support. My wife (who was born, raised, and lived in New Orleans for nearly four decades) watched this DVD with me, and commented, "This is the kind of stuff that will go down in history." I believe she is right about that. Figuratively, if not literally, we all lived though this, and how we react defines who we are. In the aftermath of Katrina, did you play a part? Maybe you wanted to, but with so much governmental ineptitude, didn't know where to turn, or who to trust. Perhaps the easiest way to cut directly to the heart of the matter would be to purchase this DVD.
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In my opinion, no DVD's can be absolutely perfect, but this is not far away from beeing a fiver! Fantastic performances for a good case, and I can't get away from talking warmly about Aaron Neville's performance. Absolutely great! And the nostalgism in the whole concert absolutely exists. You won't regret buying this one!
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Benefit Concerts tend by their very nature to be thinly congruent events, with lots of stuff that doesn't knit together. This concert is the exception to that norm. The emotion of the aftermath of Katrina and the misery it visited on N'Awlins is woven into the concert performances.
Many of the greats of New Orleans royalty are represented here, and their performances under the circumstances are really quite extraordinary. Allen Toussaint, The Neville Brothers, Irma Thomas, Buckwheat Zydeco, The Meters and The Dixie Cups are all part of this somber event, among others. In addition, friends of New Orleans and New York City based legends are also represented, with Jimmy Buffett, Elton John, Simon & Garfunkel, John Fogerty and others all pitching in to help raise money and awareness for this worthy cause.
The music on this 190 minute package is the sort of authentic raw and emotional stuff that you rarely get to experience. Do yourself a solid favor and get a copy of this DVD set. If you love New Orleans, you'll enjoy this concert immensely for years to come.
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Great great concert footage! Really enjoyable. Jimmy Buffet's Coral Refer Band steals the show. Guest appearances by Paul Simon and Dave Matthews are great. Bill Clinton introducing John Fogerty is a lot of fun.
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The music is great. The dvd was delivered in a timely fashion. and there it all falls apart! This product was promoted as being: 'VERY GOOD'.This is a 2 disc dvd. Disc 1 skipped or froze 4-6 times. Disc 2 did the same 3-4 times. Were this dvd described as 'iffy' I would not have bothered purchasing.
I would not purchase from this seller again and I would warn others from it as well.
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Worth every penny and never loses its appeal and impact with repeated viewings. New Orleans music--the players, the vibe, the soul--at its best.
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This was a great show to benenfit New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Quality of the DVD was excellent.
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