It’s nearly five years later, and D.C. Magazine Editor-in-Chief Karen Sommer Shalett and her husband, Scott Shalett, have rebounded from losing their home in New Orleans in Hurricane Katrina. At the time, they evacuated with their 5-month old, and she was pregnant with their second child. On Thursday night the couple will further put those difficult memories to rest by hosting a recovery concert at Sixth & I Synagogue in downtown Washington featuring several of their favorite New Orleans musicians. All are featured on HBO’s “Treme.” The synagogue is offering the space free of charge.
“We needed a constructive way to honor the 5th anniversary of Katrina,” said Sommer Shalett.
Scott Shalett was Mitch Landrieu’s chief of staff at the Louisiana Lt. Governor’s office and moved to Washington and became a principle at Dewey Square Group. He helped Landrieu get elected Mayor of New Orleans.
Proceeds benefit a non-profit record label that
keeps NOLA musicians playing and living off their album’s proceeds.
For tickets, call the box office at 202-408-3100 or go here. PR rep Lindsay Drewel (formerly of Lifetime TV) has donated her time to do publicity for the event, as have other publicity reps, Simone Rathle and Barbara Martin. The event has a variety of sponsors, including D.C. Magazine and the non-profit Holster Project.
Sidenote: Karen Sommer Shalett is a D.C. instructor for mediabistro. Read about her upcoming seminar here.