Louisiana natives and American Idol hosts Harry Connick Jr. and Randy Jackson will host "Louisiana Rising: A Benefit Concert for Flood Relief " on Labor Day. The concert will be broadcast via Raycom Media channels - WVUE-TV Fox 8 in New Orleans - with performances from Better Than Ezra, Sonny Landreth, Chris Thomas King, MacKenzie Bourg, Luther Kent, Rockin’ Dopsie and others .
“Saddened by the devastating tragedies that keep affecting my Louisiana,” Jackson said in a statement. “I want to help raise awareness and restore hope to people that are hurting in the place that I will always call home.”
“So sorry that my home state is undergoing such hardship once again,” Connick said. “Seems like just yesterday that Katrina left a path of destruction. I hope that this benefit concert brings much needed attention to the good people of Louisiana."
The concert will be broadcast from Baton Rouge’s River Center Theater with proceeds benefiting the American Red Cross’ Louisiana Flood Relief fund. It airs 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 5.