Saturday Concert for Sandy Relief

A benefit concert to help Long Island victims of Hurricane Sandy will be held at LTV Studios on Industrial Road, Wainscott, on Saturday.

     More than a dozen musicians have banded together with South Fork elected officials and others to raise money to help Long Island victims of Hurricane Sandy, who in many cases lost everything they owned.

     Local artists and guests who are expected to each perform a 10-minute set include Gene Casey of the Lone Sharks, Obed Jean Louis, Inda Eaton, and a collaboration by Mick Hargreaves and Matty Liot. Retro surf rock will come from the Moto-wrays, folk tunes from Caroline Doctorow, Native American singing from the Thunderbird Sisters and Dylan Janet Collins, African drumming and reggae music from Dan Bailey Tribe, classic and original rock from Joe Delia and Thieves, Latin rhythms from Alfredo Merat, and world beats from Escola de Samba Boom and Bastards of Boom.

     The show will be broadcast live from 7 to 9 p.m. on WPPB, 88.3 FM, and simulcast on LTV. Home cable viewers will be able to donate via the Internet at ltveh.org or by telephone at 631-537-2777. Tickets are $20, and all proceeds will support relief efforts.

     "Every penny will go to relief," said County Legislator Jay Schneiderman of Montauk, who helped organize the event. He will share master-of-ceremonies duties with Bonnie Grice of Peconic Public Broadcasting.

     There will be eight beneficiaries, Mr. Schneiderman said. Four local governments (the Village of East Hampton, the Town of East Hampton, the Town of Southampton, and the Town of Riverhead) will designate a not-for-profit that is working on relief efforts. The other four charities will be broader-focused Long Island groups: the Salvation Army of Long Island, Long Island Red Cross, Island Harvest, and Long Island Cares.

     With a rushed preparation and high hopes, Mr. Schneiderman has teamed up with Peter Israelson, a well-known film director, who will co-produce the concert along with Robert Strada and Seth Redlus of LTV Studios and Julie Stone. East Hampton Town Councilman Dominic Stanzione, who called the effort a way to "moralize our response in action and in result," will "wrangle the bands" as the stage manager.

     Mr. Stanzione said that most of the questions so far about the concert were about who was to benefit, rather than who was planning to perform. The sense Mr. Stanzione got was that the community wanted to make sure any money raised stays on Long Island, he said. The decision to choose eight charities was reached today, after many meetings and discussion.

     "Everyone is coming through," said Ms. Stone, who will also curate an art show in the lobby, from which 50 percent of the sales will be donated. Artists that were on board as of Friday morning included her father, Dick Stone, she said, and Eric Ernst, Scott Bluedorn, Haim Mizrahi, Dalton Portella, Jonathan Glynn, and Ingrid Silva. Michael Cinque of Amagansett Wines and Liquors has donated six cases of wine, and contributions from others are expected.

     A number of businesses and service providers have contributed to a silent auction that will be held Saturday during the concert. A raffle drawing is also being planned.