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The Ridge is rumbling with rock n’ roll this weekend to celebrate our military veterans!

Veterans Day lands on a Friday this year and Brooklyn’s nightlife Mecca will make the most of it, with patriotic rock going out to our troops on Friday and Saturday.

On Friday, march smartly over to Schnitzel Haus (7319 Fifth Ave. between 73rd and 74th streets) and jam out to rock-funk-fusion band Identity Theft, who will be giving shout-out to vets and active service members. Join in with your own ode to the war heroes during the open mic portion of the night — we suggest Grand Funk Railroad’s “We’re an American Band.” The music gets going at 9 pm.

Saturday continue the musical tributes to our troops with the inaugural Veterans Benefit Show at Red, White, and Brew (8910 Fifth Ave. between 89th and 90th streets). The event will raise funds for the newly formed PLG Veterans Assistance Fund, named after Patrick L. Gualtieri, a Vietnam veteran who passed away last year after serving 20 years on the United War Veterans Council — and also the uncle of the bar’s owner. The fund raiser features a raffle for prizes, including two tickets to a Giants game and a Budweiser mountain bike. It will be chock full of performances from local bands Stoop Kids, August on Sunday, Love Tap, and Our Finest Hour. All proceeds will go to benefit those who have proudly served our country. It kicks off at 3 pm and goes all night.

Or you can soak up the last few hours of your Saturday at the Greenhouse Cafe (7717 Third Ave. between 77th and 78th streets) at 10 pm with some good ol’ fashioned classic rock from Uncle Jack. There is no good cause — other than to keeping your liver swimming in booze and your head in good spirits.

Reach reporter Caroline Spivack at cspivack@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2517. Follow her on Twitter @carolinespivack.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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