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Pair of NYC Concerts to Raise $ for Katrina

A little bit of the New Orleans party spirit is heading to New York Tuesday night.

During "From the Big Apple to the Big Easy," (search) musical legends from New Orleans are teaming with some of music's biggest superstars to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina (search).

The pair of all-star concerts are taking place simultaneously at two of the city's biggest venues: Madison Square Garden (search) and Radio City Music Hall (search).

At the Garden, New Orleans' R&B legend Allen Toussaint and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band will be joined by a reunited Simon & Garfunkel (search), Bette Midler, Elton John, Jimmy Buffett, John Fogerty, Lenny Kravitz and many more, including Big Easy native sons the Neville Brothers and Buckwheat Zydeco.

Over at Radio City, the Big Easy's jazz-funk ensemble Galactic plays with the Mardi Gras Indians. They'll be joined by a jam-heavy lineup including Dave Matthews, Phish's Trey Anastasio, the John Mayer Trio and Joss Stone.

All of the money raised from ticket sales and event sponsorship will go to organizations involved with relief and rebuilding efforts, including the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund, Habitat for Humanity, the MusiCares Hurricane Relief Fund and the Children's Health Fund.

In addition, Madison Square Garden is underwriting all production costs and has pledged an additional $1 million.

Although tickets are sold out, you can still catch the show on pay-per-view, beginning at 7 p.m. EDT. All of the $19.95 viewer's fee will go directly to support the relief and rebuilding efforts.

The Garden concert is also being broadcast exclusively on XM Satellite Radio. Subscribers can tune into "XM Live" (Channel 200) to listen to the concert in its entirety.

But jazz, rock and pop stars aren't the only ones performing for hurricane relief.

On Sunday, New York's theatrical community is throwing "Broadway's Celebrity Benefit for Hurricane Relief." (search)

The casts of hit shows "Avenue Q," "Hairspray," "Wicked" and "Rent" are joining such Broadway luminaries as Ben Vereen, Liza Minnelli, Bebe Neuwirth and David Hyde Pierce at the Gershwin Theatre.

They'll perform hits from their respective shows or do their own special material. (Minnelli will sing her famous rendition of "New York, New York.")

All profits will directly benefit America's Second Harvest and Quilts for Kids. Tickets — $100 to $300 — are available at the Gershwin Theatre Box or through Ticketmaster.com.

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