NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – A little rain – or even a lot of rain – couldn’t stop the 2016 Fiya Fest today. No worries, organizers said. The event was held inside.
Hundreds of people showed up at Mardi Gras World to see performers like Big Sam, members of Dumpstaphunk, Tony Hall, Ivan and Ian Neville.
This year Fiya Fest will donate all of its proceeds to the New Orleans Musicians Clinic. The clinic has provided medical care, mental health and social services for more the 2,500 performing artists. Even if artists don’t have insurance or aren’t able to pay, they still can get treatment.
It was the mission of the New Orleans Assistance Foundation (NOMAF) to keep the local music community alive after Hurricane Katrina.
“You get insurance that comes with benefits, and being musicians we don’t have that luxury,” said famed trombone player Big Sam. “We can’t get a regular checkup and things like that. When you come out and help support this cause and help the musicians clinic, then we can go to these places and make sure that we stay healthy and keep this music thing going forever.”
The fest will end at 10 p.m. Wednesday.