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One of Grand Isle's biggest events of the year, the Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo, was nixed this year due to the ongoing oil disaster on the coast. (The annual rodeo -- the oldest fishing competition in the U.S., had been held every year since 1928.) But using the lemons-->lemonade theory, organizers came up with a different idea: Island Aid, a benefit concert for the Gulf community that will take place on Grand Isle all day Sat., July 24.

Leann Rimes, Three Dog Night and the Little River Band are the headliners, and the lineup includes several New Orleans favorites, including Amanda Shaw and the Cute Guys, the Wiseguys and the Topcats. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased onsite on the day of the event only, and procees will go to the Grand Isle Alive promotion fund, which is raising money to rebuild the fishing and tourism industries on the island.

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A kickoff event was held last month at Harrah's New Orleans, where a lot of Jeff Parish folks showed up for support, including the 2010 rodeo president, Nickie Monica, along with Grand Isle Mayor David Camardelle, Tom Capella, Chris Roberts, Sheriff Newell Normand, Cynthia Lee-Sheng and others. Fox 8 weatherdude Chris Franklin emceed (but can he guarantee good weather for the day? Chris?).

A benefit poster by local artist Christy Works-Boutte was unveiled. Prints will be sold for $30, and the original will be auctioned off at Island Aid. For more info, check the event's website.


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