(RUMSON, NJ) -- In the past two weeks, I have been a bit overwhelmed seeing people from throughout Belmar help one another, while those from outside the area took the time to pitch in as well. Belmar is just one of many towns to be hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, the entire Jersey Shore took the hit. As power returns to the venues in the area, I expect we'll start seeing a plethora of benefit concerts appear. Please support them if you can. It's easy to get tired of benefit concerts since Jersey Shore musicians so often donate their time to one cause or another, but this one is personal. The Shore is our backyard. Our friends and families are the ones who were affected. Like many, my wife and I were without power for ten days and still know many who have yet to have their power restored. We're trying to help out in our town as much as we can and pray others can begin to heal from the loss of their homes.
The first benefit I've heard about will take place Saturday, November 10th at Molly Maguire's Black Point Inn (132 East River Road) in Rumson. Carole Jean Brandi, the organizer and host, has lined up a tremendous list of local artists including Michael Patrick & Friends, Deirdre Forrest and Michael Brett, Turnpike Mike, Alexandra Inglis, Carol Barbieri, Danny Rongo, Jimmy Farkas/Deseree Spinks & Friends, Don Lee, The Wag, Rhyme & Reason, Dale Lakata, Dave Murray & Friends, Dave McCarthy, and Kellie Shane of Pepperwine. The event will be co-hosted by Danny Rongo and may include additional guest artists as well.
Admission is $10 and all proceeds will go to local New Jersey families affected by the hurricane. A small lunch buffet is included with admission and drink specials will take place throughout the day. The musical performances will run from noon to 6pm.
Attendees are encouraged to bring two nonperishable items for the Monmouth County Food Bank.
For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/294572190656394/