A number of superstar musicians are jumping into the fray to aide victims of Hurricane Sandy with gigantic mega-concerts, but musicians of all sizes are contributing to the relief efforts. Here are a few of the efforts from some lesser-known, Geek-approved musicians:
- Dan Deacon will donate his performance fee from two upcoming shows in New York to the Red Cross and Occupy Sandy. The dates are as follows: 11/14 in Brooklyn, NY at the Music Hall of Williamsburg and 11/16 in New York at the Bowery Ballroom. Deacon grew up in Long Island and has many close friends in the area. In a press release, he says, “I thought it would be best to inform my fans so that if they were also feeling conflicted about raging and partying while all this shit is so f*cked, that at least they would know that their ticket was going to help aid in the recovery. Hopefully this can help ease the recovery for even just a few people. I encourage everyone to pitch in and give what they can in volunteer hours or donations.”
- Former NYC band Buke & Gase are releasing a digital single of a song from their forthcoming album, General Dome. “Hard Times” b/w “Blue Monday” (New Order cover). In a press release, the band writes, “We’d lived for over 12 years in Red Hook, both of us worked on the piers, shared libations at Sonny’s, made friends with the bunny on Barge 79, sang karaoke and ate delicious meals at the many restaurants old and new, rode bikes on the cobblestones. It’s home, and it’s terrifying to know that home is so fragile.” Buy the single here. All proceeds go to the Red Hook Initiative.
- Mickey Melchiondo, otherwise known as Dean Ween (of Ween) has organized a benefit concert for his buddy Nick Honachefsky, who lost his entire home on the Jersey Shore and all of his possessions as a result of the hurricane. Melchiondo is a passionate fisherman and spends a lot of his time on the shore. He writes, “These are trying times for a lot of my closest friends and family members as well as my brothers and sisters in the NJ fishing community. If we all pitch in a little bit it can go a long way towards a complete recovery and some sense of normalcy to an area which is so sacred to so many of us.” Notable Ween cohorts Claude Coleman, Glenn McClelland, Chris Harford and Dickie Moist will all play at the concert, scheduled for Nov. 28. If you can’t make it, you can donate here.
- Jonah Matranga is launching a mini-tour in support of Sandy victims. He’ll play special requests at $36 a pop during three shows in Worcester, Mass. on Nov. 9, Philadelphia on Nov. 10, and New York on Nov. 11. He’s also asking fans to donate little flashlights, tough work gloves or boxes of facemasks. He says, “I woke up this morning thinking about any way that I could make these few east coast shows into a productive way to help folks that have been hit by this horrific storm. The cameras are going away, we’re moving on, and there are still unfathomable numbers of families left without shelter, running water, heat, food, living in the wreckage of the weather last week, with more cold rain and who knows what else on the way.”
Here’s a video of Matranga covering The Deftones: