Feelings of uneasiness spread amongst the Hootie & the Blowfish band and crew as they watched Hurricane Katrina reach the shores of New Orleans in 2005. Peter Holsapple, a friend and multi-instrumentalist for the band, was directly affected by the storm, losing his parish and many of his possessions. All of the guys, compelled by a sense of civic duty and compassion for a friend, knew they wanted to lend a hand in improving the lives of those affected.
Jim Sonefeld and Holsapple spearheaded a plan to help out the following fall during a week off. The whole Hootie organization came together like never before and hauled the tour busses, trucks and all, down to New Orleans. During their time there, the guys bonded over helping neighbors salvage their personal possessions and assisting in the construction of a Habitat house on music row. The overwhelming determination and empathy that surrounded the week was an inspiration to all involved and the guys all agree that they are honored to have made a small dent in the destruction that occurred.
The Hootie family in New Orleans, LA
Darius going to town on the reconstruction of a home hit hard by Hurricane Katrina