NEW ORLEANS, LA - August 17, 2010: Michael Paz, New Orleans Music Producer, and Founder of The Ruth Paz Foundation which is funding the construction of The Ruth Paz Hospital for Burns and Pediatric Surgery in Honduras, Central America announced today PAZ FEST II an all-star musical tribute to Joni Mitchell, Friday, September 3, 2010 at 8pm at the Howlin' Wolf, 907 South Peters Street New Orleans, LA. Tickets are $20 and are available in advance at Howlin' Wolf Box Office or by calling (504) 529-5844.
A musical tribute to singer songwriter and cultural icon, Joni Mitchell, Paz Fest II is also a fundraising celebration for the opening of the Ruth Paz Hospital for Burns and Pediatric Surgery in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
Joining the all-star line-up are Beth Patterson, Alexis Marceaux, Ingrid Lucia, DJ G-Cue, Alex McMurray of Royal Fingerbowl, George Porter Jr. of The Meters, Ricky Sebastian, Leslie Smith, The Jesse Boyd Trio, Sharon Martin, Kristen Diablo, Alexandra Scott, Paul Sanchez, Steve Polifka of Milwaukee, Ray Ganacheau, Pat Weathers, Roman Street of Mobile, Alabama and Michael Paz. All will perform Joni Mitchell songs from her amazing catalog.
There will be a concert preview at Ogden After Hours at the Ogden Museum on Thursday, September 2, 2010 from 6-8pm. Free for members or $10 donation to non-members, benefiting the Ruth Paz Foundation. On the same night, the Ogden Museum will also host a book signing for "New Orleans: What Can't Be Lost - 88 Stories and Traditions from the Sacred City," edited by Lee Barclay, photographs by Christopher Porché West.
Named for Ruth Paz, a US native who dedicated her life to help the underprivileged children of Honduras, the Ruth Paz Hospital for Burns and Pediatric Surgery is a program of the Ruth Paz Foundation, which has been active in seeking medical treatment for children for over 30 years. "My mother was an incredible guardian for the children of Honduras and I am honored that the musicians of New Orleans would come together for this important cause," said Michael Paz.
Ten years ago a diverse group of musicians and fans gathered at the Howlin' Wolf for Paz Fest 1, a memorable night of music that raised significant funds to support the Ruth Paz Hospital for Burns and Pediatric Surgery. A CD of Paz Fest 1 was released and continues to fund this very important project. It can be purchased at http://www.cdbaby.com/pazfest. Ten years later, Paz Fest II will celebrate the opening of the hospital and will be recorded for a new Paz Fest II CD.