By Hilary Gridley
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the entire country has rallied to support those affected by this tragic disaster, and the music community is no exception. Major rock and pop artists such as Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys, indie rockers Vampire Weekend and The Walkmen, Latin artists including Juanes and Juan Luis Guerra and electronic acts like The Crystal Method are staging benefit shows around New York in the coming weeks. Here’s a rundown of some of the biggest:
Occupy Sandy Benefit Concert
Real Estate, Vampire Weekend, Dirty Projectors Devendra Banhart, The Walkmen, Cass McCombs — Saturday, November 17
Occupy Sandy, a people-powered network of mutual aid in the ongoing humanitarian crisis of climate change, will host Real Estate, Dirty Projectors and more this Saturday at St. Ann & The Holy Trinity in Brooklyn Heights. The event will include short, intimate and often entirely acoustic performances. A minimum donation of $30 is requested per ticket. All proceeds will go to Occupy Sandy (http://occupysandy.org) to build the infrastructure to sustain recovery efforts across NYC. Get tickets here.
EDM For Sandy Relief
The Crystal Method (DJ set), Tommie Sunshine, Drop the Lime and more — Monday, November 19
Some of the biggest names in electronic music will gather at Gramercy Theater on Monday to raise money for The American Red Cross. In addition to those listed above, performers include Run DMT, The Disco Fries, Dances With White Girls, Gosteffects, FIGO (DJ set), Blaqwell, Prince Terrance, Carl Louis & Martin Danielle, Alex English, Righteous Trash, and more. This is an all ages event. Get tickets here.
Stageit Concert Series to Benefit Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts
Carly Simon, Ben Taylor, Sally Taylor — Wednesday, November 21
Mike Viola — Sunday, November 25
Ingrid Michaelson — Wednesday, November 28
Stageit is a web-based platform that lets artists put on live shows directly from their laptops. Now, they’re bringing fans a series of concerts to benefit charities engaged in Sandy relief. Each artist will select where they will perform and which charity to benefit. Gavin Degraw, Phillip Phillips and Teddy Geiger have already kicked off the series, with more to come throughout November. Find out more here.
Juanes and Juan Luis Guerra — Saturday, November 24
The Grammy-winning Latin music icons will donate all proceeds from their concert to the American Red Cross to support ongoing efforts to aid victims. The performance will mark the first-ever Latin show at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Get tickets here.
Dave Matthews Band — Friday, November 30
Dave Matthews Band has announced the opening show of their winter tour will be a Sandy benefit concert. All tickets and merchandise from the show, which will be held at the IZOD center in East Rutherford, New Jersey, will go to the Bama Works Sandy Relief Fund. Get tickets here.
Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Kayne West, The Who, Billy Joel, Jon Bon Jovi, Alicia Keys, Roger Waters — Wednesday, December 12
The Boss and other music royalty will take the stage at Madison Square Garden to raise money for the anti-poverty group Robin Hood Relief Fund, which is working with local organizations serving those in the states hit hardest by Sandy. More ticket information coming soon.