NEW ORLEANS (press release) – A musical event hosted by Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s Ben Jaffe and directed by Danny Clinch featuring live performances, never before seen archived collaborations and interviews with Preservation Hall Jazz Band and guests Dave Grohl, Elvis Costello, Irma Thomas, Dave Matthews, Beck, Jon Batiste, Jim James, PJ Morton, Nathaniel Rateliff, and more…

All proceeds raised to benefit the Preservation Hall Foundation Legacy Relief Fund.

Spotify To Match Dollar-For-Dollar Donations Up To $10 Million Through Its COVID-19 Music Relief


On Saturday, June 20, Preservation Hall will host ‘ROUND MIDNIGHT PRESERVES, a benefit concert inspired by the famed concert series “Midnight Preserves” held every year during the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The live-streamed event will be hosted by Preservation Hall’s Ben Jaffe and directed by longtime ‘Hall collaborator and dear friend Danny Clinch. ‘ROUND MIDNIGHT PRESERVES will feature unseen archived collaborations with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band as well as new performances from special guests and collaborators including Dave Grohl, Elvis Costello, Irma Thomas, Dave Matthews, Beck, Jon Batiste, Jim James, PJ Morton, Nathaniel Rateliff, and others.  The event will be live-streamed on Preservation Hall Foundation’s website, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitch accounts from 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. CT.

The ‘ROUND MIDNIGHT PRESERVES concert is free. Donations will be encouraged during the simulcast to support the relief efforts of the Preservation Hall Foundation. Spotify will match donations dollar-for-dollar up to a collective total of $10 Million through its COVID-19 Music Relief. Additionally, a live auction will be held to win four “Big Shot” seats to a show at Preservation Hall in New Orleans, along with four tickets to one of the following artists’ shows in the US: Dave Matthews Band, Foo Fighters, Elvis Costello, Beck, Jim James/My Morning Jacket, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, and Jon Batiste.

In 2012, Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s Ben Jaffe created the Midnight Preserves event, which occurred as late-night performances held at Preservation Hall, during both weekends of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival as a means to raise funds for Preservation Hall’s philanthropic work. Since its inception, Midnight Preserves has been the most important fundraiser for the Preservation Hall Foundation. Midnight Preserves provided visiting artists of all genres and generations an opportunity to perform at The Hall and collaborate with the Preservation Hall musicians in a joyful, redeeming, invigorating environment. There was no advertising, guest artists were never announced in advance, no hype, just good spirit and great music.

This past April, the Preservation Hall Foundation launched the Legacy Emergency Relief Fund to provide grants to the Hall’s Musical Collective to aid in covering vital living expenses resulting from loss of work due to the Coronavirus. Soon thereafter, Spotify, in its $10-million dollar matching effort, selected the Legacy Emergency Relief Fund as one of its COVID-19 Music Relief Partners.

“Our community of friends, supporters, and artists are our family. Our music does something to them and they do something special to the music,” says 87-year old senior Preservation Hall member Charlie Gabriel.

“Every year we look forward to Midnight Preserves as a way to connect with our fans and old friends. Just about everyone I’m friends with today I’ve met through music or a musical collaboration that came out of Midnight Preserves. It’s a blessing to have met so many incredible humans and to have shared our stage and their stage,” says Jaffe.


Saturday, June 20th, 2020

8 pm – 11 pm CT


Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Dave Grohl

Irma Thomas

Elvis Costello

Dave Matthews


Jon Batiste

Jim James

PJ Morton

Nathaniel Rateliff

And more TBA