The lineup for who is performing, where and how to watch has grown into an impressive list of stars contributing their talent and broadcasters donating their resources.
Louisiana Rising: A Benefit Concert for Flood Relief is being presented by Raycom Media LIVE on Labor Day, September 5, 2016, from 7-9 PM (CT). The show will be broadcast from Baton Rouge's River Center Theater and will benefit the American Red Cross Louisiana Flood Relief.
Better Than Ezra, Aaron Neville, Hunter Hayes, Rebirth Brass Band, Luther Kent, Chris LeBlanc, Herman Jackson Jazz Quartet, Quiana Lynell, David Torkanowsky, Magnolia Sisters, Chris Thomas King, La Leroux, Ruth Marie, MacKenzie Bourg, Sonny Landreth, Dwayne Dopsie and Zachary Richard are among the artist performing on the show. Randy Jackson and Harry Connick Jr will co-host the LIVE show.
The live show will be carried on all Raycom Media stations, other groups with stations participating are the ABC Owned and Operated Stations, Hearst Television, Sinclair Broadcasting Group, Cordillera Communications, Meredith, Graham Media Group, and Cox Media Group round out an impressive list of 91 markets in total. In addition, Bounce TV will carry across all of their stations reaching 85 percent of the country.
National Association of Broadcasters President and CEO Gordon Smith stated, "Efforts like the Louisiana Rising Benefit Concert demonstrate once again that local broadcasting not only serves as a powerful 'first informer' during emergencies, but that broadcasters are uniquely positioned to galvanize relief efforts for victims of a tragedy. NAB salutes the efforts of Raycom and other radio and TV stations around the country for their commitment to community, and for airing this benefit concert on their local stations."
Viewing can take place from any part of the country via live stream on louisianarisingfloodrelief.com. The live stream will offer the concert LIVE plus extended coverage as it will continue for another hour of performances after the completion of the broadcast portion.
The August floods are responsible for the deaths of 13 people and damage to an estimated 154,000 homes. Tens of thousands of people need assistance. Thousands are still living in shelters. Early estimates put total damage at $20 billion and initial recovery efforts are critical. Louisiana Rising will benefit Red Cross disaster relief efforts to help people affected by the Louisiana Floods, estimated at $35-40 million. The Red Cross says the disaster in Louisiana is the worst to hit the United States since Superstorm Sandy, which devastated the Northeast in 2012.
For a complete listing of where to watch go to louisianarisingfloodrelief.com.