Photo by Leon Morris
An all-star fundraiser for Charmaine Neville will take place on Sunday, June 24 at the Westwego Farmer's Market. The Charmaine Neville Tribute and Benefit will feature a range of headlining talent from the Neville family, as well as performances by Dr. John, Kermit Ruffins, Kim Carson, Al "Carnival Time" Johnson, Jo-El Sonnier, and more.
Charmaine Neville was recently diagnosed with CADASIL syndrome, and is currently receiving treatment. Read more about her illness and progress. Funds raised by the event will go to pay for future treatment for Charmaine, and to help her recover from being unable to fully support herself since the onset of her illness.
Charmaine will also perform with her Charmaine Neville Band. A few more performers are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
The still-growing concert line-up includes:
The Young Nevilles, with special guests Ivan and Cyril Neville of the Neville Brothers, plus Athelgra Neville of the Dixie Cups
The Charmaine Neville Band
Al "Carnival Time" Johnson
Jo-El Sonnier, backed by the Treeter Band
P.E. Gilligan (also Master of Ceremonies), backed by the Treeter Band
Deacon John Moore
Guitar Lightnin' Lee
The Southern Groove Band, featuring Ronnie Boudreaux, Richard Banquer, Duane Schurb, Will Cooper, T.J. Dewey, and Jules Albarada
Cool Breeze, featuring Al Bemiss, Michael Pierce, and Michael Harris
The Foret Tradition and Aaron Foret
There will also be a raffle and an auction of autographed New Orleans Saints and LSU Football memorabilia, including:
Tickets are $10, and concertgoers are encouraged to bring folding chairs if they like. The gates will open at 11 am, and from 11 to noon the Red Hot Brass Band will play throughout the grounds. The concert itself begins at noon and continues until 6 pm. Traditional Louisiana food will be for sale, including jambalaya and red beans and rice with sausage, as well as hot dogs and nachos, and a number of desserts. There will also be vendors selling beer and Coca-Cola products. All proceeds from food sales, and a portion of beverage sales, will go to pay for Charmaine Neville's treatment.
Representatives of the West Jefferson Medical Center will be present at the concert, doing outreach about CADASIL syndrome. Charmaine's treatment is being directed by Dr. Paul Harch of West Jefferson Medical Center, who is head of Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Care at LSU Health Sciences Center.
The event is being produced by Cleo Banquer and Christy Boudreaux, with generous assistance from local attorney Chip Forstall and several vendors.