From the air, the devastation Hurricane Maria brought to Puerto Rico appears to be catastrophic.
Streaming service Tidal joined the effort to send aid to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico on Thursday, announcing the net proceeds from its annual benefit will go to “natural disaster relief and recovery organizations.” (They will be divided among efforts for victims of Hurricanes Maria, Harvey, Irma and the earthquakes that hit Mexico last week.)
The Tidal X Brooklyn show, scheduled for Oct. 17, will feature JAY-Z, Jennifer Lopez, DJ Khaled, Daddy Yankee, Cardi B, Kaskade and Rapsody. It will be hosted by New York radio personality Angie Martinez with special appearances by Rosie Perez and Lin-Manuel Miranda, both native New Yorkers whose parents were born in Puerto Rico, a U.S. commonwealth whose inhabitants are all U.S. citizens.
In a statement to USA TODAY, Tidal announced the money raised by the show will go to New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort for Puerto Rico by “covering the cost of cargo planes desperately needed to transport donated goods (i.e., cleaning supplies, toiletries, canned food, clothing, etc.) to Puerto Rico.”
For his part, Cuomo said, “After seeing the terrible devastation in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands firsthand, it is clear that those affected by these natural disasters need our help more than ever. We in New York are putting the full weight of our resources behind recovery efforts, and I am grateful to TIDAL X: Brooklyn and its sponsors for joining us and helping to deliver much-needed goods to people in desperate need. We must do everything we can to help these communities rebuild, and I encourage all New Yorkers to join us in our efforts.”
The metropolitan New York area is home to one of the largest concentrations of Puerto Ricans outside of the Caribbean and celebrates each June with the Puerto Rican Day Parade, a tradition that marked its 60th anniversary this year.
In his Tuesday op-ed in The Hollywood Reporter, Miranda made a personal plea for aid following the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, arguing the U.S. territory needs it as badly as Texas or Florida. He noted that his late grandfather’s house, where he visited every summer growing up, was destroyed.
“Puerto Ricans need supplies and resources just as badly as their…