Mary Chapin Carpenter will play a benefit in New York City for homeless people with HIV and AIDS. It takes place at Housing Works Used Book Café on Feb. 20. Eastmountainsouth and Grant-Lee Phillips will also perform. … Patty Loveless will present several Grammys prior to Sunday’s (Feb. 8) telecast on CBS. … Brad Paisley will serve as the Celebrity Monarch for the 2004 Krewe of Orpheus Mardi Gras Parade in New Orleans on Feb. 23. He’ll also perform at the Orpheuscapade event later that night. … Charlie Robison is working on a new album in Nashville with producer Lloyd Maines. It’s expected to be released this summer. … Bobby Garabedian, director of Sara Evans’ music video “Perfect,” is competing for an Oscar on Feb. 29. He’s nominated for his live action short film, Most.