Preservation Hall enlists all-star lineup for virtual benefit concert

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band will be joined by an all-star cast of music talent this Saturday for its live-stream benefit concert, ‘Round Midnight Preserves.

Rock stars Dave Grohl, Elvis Costello, Dave Matthews and Beck and New Orleans jazz icons Irma Thomas and Jon Batiste are among the well-known names slated to collaborate for live performances during the virtual concert.

Hosted by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s Ben Jaffe, the concert was inspired by the Midnight Preserves series at the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and will feature never-before-seen archival performances and interviews from past editions.

“Every year we look forward to Midnight Preserves as a way to connect with our fans and old friends,” Jaffe said in a statement. “Just about everyone I’m friends with today I’ve met through music or a musical collaboration that came out of Midnight Preserves. It’s a blessing to have met so many incredible humans and to have shared our stage and their stage.”

The concert will be hosted on the Preservation Hall Foundation’s website — as well as on Facebook, YouTube and Twitch — on June 20 starting at 10 p.m. EST. It’s free to watch, but they’ll be encouraging donations and will be holding a live auction for tickets to the featured artists’ future concerts.

Funds raised during the program will benefit the Preservation Hall Foundation and the 60 musicians who make up the Preservation Hall Musical Collective. Spotify is matching donations up to $10 million toward its COVID-19 relief fund.

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