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Nov 15, 2012 4:29 AM by AP/CS

Blankets, concert to help Sandy victims

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans is collecting blankets and organizing a concert to help East Coast families affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Blankets are being collected at the New Orleans Healing Center on St. Claude Avenue, and the city's musicians are headlining a "NOLA Pay It Forward" benefit concert with proceeds going to nonprofit organizations assisting in Sandy relief and recovery efforts.

The lineup includes multi-instrumentalist Ivan Neville, trumpeter Irvin Mayfield, jazz singer Stephanie Jordan and Cajun fiddler Amanda Shaw, as well as a number of brass bands and Mardi Gras Indians.

The concert will be held Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. CST, at the Mahalia Jackson Theater in New Orleans.

Tickets are $50 and are available through Ticketmaster by calling 1-800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com .

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