Louisiana's reigning '90s alt-rock trio and perennial Best of New Orleans readers' choice recipient Better Than Ezra also has a philanthropic arm. The Better Than Ezra Foundation hosts its 12th annual Ezra Open benefit concert, sponsored by Ochsner and Sean Payton's Play It Forward Foundation, at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 12 at House of Blues.
Proceeds from the event benefit after-school arts and educational program at Hollygrove's Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School, where the foundation has partnered with Young Audiences. The program includes 30 minutes of homework assistance and a 75 minute arts education class. The Better Than Ezra Foundation partnered with the school beginning in 2010, and its donations include a playground, school supplies, an AV system and renovations to the teacher's lounge.
The band also plans to release an album this summer, its first since 2009's Paper Empire and nearly 20 years after the release of the hit single "Good," the ubiquitous hit of 1995.
The event (featuring performances by Better Than Ezra as well as Matt Nathanson and JT Hodges) includes an open bar and live auction. Tickets are available here.