Rock ‘n’ relief! Borough musicians hold concert for Sandy victims

Rock out: Brooklyn music legend Frankie Marra and other local bands are hosting an upcoming concert benefitting the victims of Hurricane Sandy on Nov. 18.
Courtesy of Frankie Marra

Bay Ridgites have the best medicine for those still feeling the super storm blues: a jam-packed afternoon of rock ‘n’ roll!

Brooklyn music legend Frankie Marra and other neighborhood band favorites plan to rock all day and night at an upcoming concert benefitting Hurricane Sandy victims.

All proceeds of the Nov. 18 concert at the Salty Dog will directly aid storm-ravaged victims in hard-hit areas across Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island, Marra said.

“You look around and can see that the city is in ruins. It’s terrible,” the neighborhood headliner said. “We are just trying to do our share.”

The 10-hour benefit will feature classic rock to southern rock performers including Frankie Marra and his band — featuring special guest John Rafferty — Lepore, Cassone, and D’emic; Dirty Stayouts with Janice Higgins; High Tides; The Piranha Brothers; The Ridge; Radio Daze; Head N’ South; and Out of the Blue.

“These bands are some of the best in Bay Ridge,” said Marra. “People can come down, listen to some good music and do something good by donating money.”

All attendees will be asked to make a $20 donation that will be divided up amongst hurricane recovery funds including the Breezy Point Cooperative Disaster Relief Fund, the Brooklyn Recovery Fund, and the Tunnels to Towers Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund for Staten Island.

“The Bay Ridge community has strong ties to these three communities,” said Marra. “Many have family and friends living in these areas that were deeply affected by this storm.”

On the day of the event, organizers will also be collecting a range of supplies from toys to pet food to baby needs that will be delivered to super storm victims. A certified animal rescuer with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Humane Society will also be on hand to answer any questions about storm-displaced animals, Marra explained.

Longtime Bay Ridge resident Paulie SanFlippio says he will be attending the concert because “it’s a worthy cause.”

“The government doesn’t seem to be contributing too much to this,” he said. “Most of the work being done is by volunteers, so we need to help each other out.”

“Bay Ridge Music Cares” Hurricane Sandy benefit concert at the Salty Dog Bar and Restaurant [7509 Third Ave. between 76th Street and Bay Ridge Parkway in Bay Ridge, (718) 238–0030]. Nov. 18, noon (bands will play through 10 pm). $20 donation.

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