New Orleans Rolls Up its Sleeves on Sunday February 9 to host a Replacement Blood Drive for Doug Potter, Musician attacked in the French Quarter

 

The New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic & Assistance Foundation and The Blood Center will produce a Blood Drive on Sunday February 9 from 1-7pm at 619 Frenchmen Street ().  The replacement blood drive is open to the public in support of Doug Potter, a musician violently attacked in the French Quarter after a gig who remains in a coma.

 

The goal is to collect 100 pints of replacement blood for Potter. Organizing partners ask that community members and advocates of New Orleans music culture come out to donate blood as a positive response to the city’s epidemic of violence.

 

“The best way to keep our cultural legacy alive is to roll up our sleeves, give back to those in need, support a culture of caring and nonviolence in New Orleans,” – Bethany Bultman, President and Co-Founder of the Musicians’ Clinic

 

This blood drive is in conjunction with a special benefit for Doug Potter being held at d.b.a. New Orleans (618 Frenchmen Street) from 2-6pm Sunday to help offset growing medical expenses and rehab for Potter. A stellar lineup of local musicians and special guests are slated to perform that day including Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns, Washboard Chaz Blues Trio, John Boutte, Sophie Lee, Linnzi Zaorski and others.

 

Those interested in giving blood or volunteering can sign up at www.nomaf.org/blooddrive/ with their name, address, phone number and preferred time, email [email protected], or call 504-415-3514.  Best times to donate are between 4-7pm on Sunday.  Those unable to give blood may donate directly to the Doug Potter Musician Fund and visit https://www.facebook.com/DougPotterCareFund to stay up to date on his medical condition.