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Beck, Elvis Costello Among Acts For Preservation Hall Benefit

20 June’s all-star ‘Round Midnight Preserves’ live-stream will provide support to the Preservation Hall Musical Collective, amid COVID-19.

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Beck, Elvis Costello, Irma Thomas, Dave Grohl and Nathaniel Rateliff are among the all-star acts confirmed for “Round Midnight Preserves”, a live-stream benefit concert hosted by musician and Preservation Hall creative director, Ben Jaffe. While the 20 June live-stream will be available for free, donations will be encouraged to support the 60 members of New Orleans’ hallowed Preservation Hall Musical Collective, who have been out of work for months, amid COVID-19. As an additional bonus, Spotify will match all donations, up to a collective $10 million, through their COVID-19 Music Relief fund.

The live-stream event was inspired by Preservation Hall’s annual ‘Midnight Preserves’ series, which follows each day of the New Orleans Jazz And Heritage Festival. Each night, surprise guests from a myriad of genres join the Preservation Hall Jazz Band for intimate performances. The eagerly-anticipated series benefits the Preservation Hall Foundation, which perpetuates “The spirit of New Orleans through music education programs, preservation of the Hall’s historical archives, and caring for the city’s ageing musical legends”.

“Every year we look forward to Midnight Preserves as a way to connect with our fans and old friends”, said Jaffe in an official 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.”

Directed by legendary photographer Danny Clinch, ‘Round Midnight Preserves’ will also include performances from Dave Matthews, Jim James, PJ Morton, Jon Batiste, and, of course, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Never-before-seen footage from past Midnight Preserves will round out the programming.

‘Round Midnight Preserves’ will begin at 9:00 pm EST on 20 June, and can be streamed on the Preservation Hall Foundation’s website, as well as on Twitch, Facebook and YouTube.

For more information, visit the Preservation Hall Foundation’s official website.

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