Many New Orleans musicians, including Dr. Michael White Charlie Miller, Mark Brooks, Paky Saavedra, Ben Smith, Ed Freiburg, Nicolas Gilliet (Switzerland), Klaus Lumma (Germany), Sugar Pie and the Candymen, from Italy, Patrice Fisher, Carlos Valladares and more are getting together at Irish House, on October 11 at 7pm, to play a benefit concert to raise funds for Sheik Richardson’s medical bills.
Sheik Richardson is a New Orleans musician, who suffered a heart attack 2 weeks ago, while visiting Switzerland. The amount not covered by Medicare may be as high as $6000.
Sheik is a trumpet player and a descendent of a New Orleans Irish family. Both of his grandmothers were from Ireland. His family has been in New Orleans since before 1800. Three of his ancestors are documented as being at the battle of New Orleans in 1814. His Great, Great Grandfather, James Richardson, made the original Mardi Gras parade Flambeaux in 1872. Forty of them are still in use today.
Sheik started the Arabi Wrecking Krewe, a non-profit organization, after Hurricane Katrina, to help musicians gut their houses and start repairs. You can see a short video clip about his work at http://vimeo.com/13627018 See a story about this at http://www.wwoz.org/blog/88484
Sheik is also a photographer, who specializes in photographing New Orleans musicians. You can see some of his work at http://www.flickr.com/photos/
Canvas prints of ten of Sheik’s most well-known photographs will be sold in a silent auction at the October 11 benefit concert at Irish House. The first 100 people who pay the $10 entry fee will receive a free, signed poster of Sheik’s “New Orleans Style” poster of New Orleans trumpeter, Gregg Stafford.
Since he works as a self-employed musician and photographer, Sheik cannot afford these crippling medical bills. Many musicians have volunteered to play for Sheik's benefit concert, when they heard of his medical problems. Sheik just returned from Europe this past week and he is resting at his home in Mandeville.
“Sheik was the first one there, on the first day that we returned after Hurricane Katrina. He helped us to put a tarp on our roof and assisted us in replacing our insulation. He never asked for help, when he needed to fix his own home and he did not ask for help now. We feel it is our duty to help him in his time of need. ”
For more information or if you would like to volunteer to help with the October 11 concert, please write email@example.com or telephone 504-482-8827. All contributions are tax deductible through Musicians for Music non-profit organization, 921 Stewart Ct., New Orleans, LA 70119.