My heart aches for the people of Louisiana, especially New Orleans…it seems it has been forgotten by much of America and that is why this program appeals to me. I would hate to see us lose the culture and heritage that make Louisiana a special place to many people throughout the world.

On Wednesday night, December 10, 2008, from 8 pm to Midnight, Central Time, the Plains Radio Network ( is presenting a special four (4) hour broadcast on HONEST AMERICAN NEWS, of which I am the host. The topic of this history making special is “SAVE AMERICA’S MUSIC” and it is designed and dedicated to raise funds that go directly to Louisiana musicians and entertainers, as well as to multi-cultural musical educational facilities and medical groups to assist in the efforts to restore the culture and heritage of the great state of Louisiana, the source of America’s music. The Cultural Recovery Fund has been established at First Bank & Trust, 909 Poydras Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70112.

The beneficiary of these funds is the NEW ORLEANS SOUTH AFRICA CONNECTION (NOSACONN, INC.), a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation that was formed in 1998 by the internationally known Batiste family, one of Louisiana’s oldest musical families, with a history going back for over 50 years.

Their officers are:
Damon J. Batiste, President and Founder
Matt Dillon, Vice President
Lidya Araya, Treasurer
Pam Wiltz, Secretary
Richard Cortizas, Esq, Jones Walker Law Firm, New Orleans

Please understand that the goals of the project are to assist all cultural areas including the Cajun-Zydeco community in Southwestern Louisiana that was devastated by Hurricanes Rita, Gustav and Ike.

To insure that the funds are distributed to those areas, I am honored to inform you that country music superstar Sammy Kershaw and Cajun music legend Hadley J. Castille have agreed to advise the Board of Directors on assistance to the Cajun-Zydeco community.Bob Vernon


More information:

The Batiste family, with a little help from their friends, is bringing the music back to New Orleans.
Growing up in one of the largest and most influential musical families in the Delta region, Damon Batiste (President of NOSACONN), has developed a vehicle to embrace and help develop up-and-coming Jazz and Blues musicians.

The NOSACONN Music Incubator is to be a state-of-the-art facility located in the heart of the New Orleans International Music Scene. The Incubator is a safe haven for displaced musicians from Katrina to return and perform. There is a multi-cultural music exchange aspect to the program as well, whereby talent from abroad can also participate. Source

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