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Indie Bands Join Forces for Hurricane Benefit in Brooklyn

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Indie Bands Join Forces for Hurricane Benefit in Brooklyn

Vampire Weekend, members of the Walkmen and members of the Dirty Projectors are among the indie rockers who plan to give a benefit concert on Saturday at a church in Brooklyn Heights to raise money for victims of Hurricane Sandy, the promoter of the event said on Wednesday.

The money raised by the concert will go to support Occupy Sandy, a grassroots organization that has been helping to distribute food and other resources to neighborhoods hit hard by the storm.

The Brooklyn concert is only one of several efforts by local musicians to raise money for storm recovery efforts. Madison Square Garden is hosting a large benefit concert on Dec. 12 with a yet-to-be-announced lineup, and several electronic dance music acts are putting on a benefit concert for the American Red Cross on Nov. 19 at the Gramercy Theater, among them the Crystal Method, Tommie Sunshine and Drop the Lime. Nicole Atkins, a singer-songwriter from Shark River Hills, N.J., has also taken action: she re-recorded and released a version of her 2007 song “Neptune City” to raise money for disaster relief.

Morgan Lebus, the founder of Ribbon Music, organized the concert in Brooklyn, which will be held at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity, an Episcopal church, on Saturday from noon to 5:00 p.m. The church holds about 600 people and tickets cost a minimum of $30, though people are being encouraged to give more if they can.

Mr. Lebus said the bands will give stripped-down performances, playing acoustic instruments and using a minimum of amplification. Most of the musicians involved have close relationships with Mr. Lebus, who was the A&R executive at Domino Records and has many friends in the Brooklyn indie-rock world. It was he, for instance, who signed Dirty Projectors to the Domino label.

“Everyone’s doing this for free,” Mr. Lebus said. “People just felt compelled to be a part of the cause.”

The other acts who will appear are Real Estate, Devendra Banhart and Cass McCombs.

Mr. Lebus said he agreed to put on the benefit last week, after working through the weekend to distribute aid to storm victims with his brother, Jesse Lebus, who is a novice Episcopal friar. At his brother’s urging, Morgan Lebus said he decided to open up his address book and call in some favors.

“These people are friends,” he said. “This came together with 10 phone calls, 10 emails and 10 texts.”

Tickets are available through Eventbrite:
http://occupysandy.eventbrite.com/#

Original Source: http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/14/indie-bands-join-forces-for-hurricane-benefit-in-brooklyn/

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