Virtual Concert For Food Pantries

Inda Eaton

All For The East End and the Sag Harbor American Music Festival will stream a virtual concert on Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7 at 8 PM. “The Best Jams” one-hour special features some of the area’s most iconic musicians and will support AFTEE’s “Feed the Need” campaign.

“Musicians and artists are always ready to lend a hand for a good cause and in 2020 we have a whopper of a cause, right here at home,” said Gene Casey, who will be performing. “We applaud the work All for the East End does and are excited that the Sag Harbor American Music Festival has teamed up for this event and are thankful and honored to be a part.”

AFTEE has granted more than $300,000 to local pantries including Heart of the Hamptons, and the Montauk, East Hampton, Springs, and Sag Harbor Pantries. They’ve also aided St. Rosalie’s Church in Hampton Bays, Community Action Southold Town, and Blaze Church in Flanders. “We are very grateful to the local artists who are generously coming together to support food pantries and other organizations working tirelessly to make sure no one goes hungry,” said AFTEE President Claudia Pilato, who noted that demand has been five times higher during the COVID-19 crisis.

“This need for financial support will last well into the future. AFTEE is committed to being here for the East End, and we thank the entire East End community for being part of the AFTEE team,” added Pilato.

Held live on LTV’s Facebook/Instagram Live and YouTube, viewers will have a chance to see, and listen to, Dante Mazzetti, Hoodoo Loungers, Inda Eaton, Jake Lear, Joe Delia, Ludmilla Brazil, Mama Lee Rose, Nancy Atlas, Points East, Sara Hartman, The Second Hands, and Winston Irie. The concert will also include special appearances by Loudon Wainwright III, Randy Brecker, Ada Rovatti, and more.

“I have been reading headlines about the pain in New York; it has been hurting my soul,” said Sara Hartman, who grew up in Sag Harbor. “I live halfway across the world, an Atlantic ocean away. Berlin is my city but Sag Harbor is still my hometown. I think it is incredibly honorable and important to be organizing and holding events like these. It is important to know your neighbors, to reach out and be kind to the people in your local area. I do believe we can affect real change, do real good, if it starts small.”

The event is produced by SHAMF and the HooDoo Lounger’s Joe Lauro’s company Historic Films. Lauro’s company will edit and produce the video. Founded in 2012 as a non-profit, SHAMF is celebrating 10 years of bringing music to a wide audience. In years past, the festival has included three main stage evening concerts and two days of entirely free musical programming in galleries, restaurants, and other local businesses.

“Bringing people together through music is what we are about. We are thrilled to be of service to AFTEE, helping raise awareness and funds for ‘Feed the Need’ while connecting these iconic local performers directly to our community,” said Kelly Connaughton Dodds, president and co-artistic director of SHAMF.

Learn more www.aftee.org and www.sagharbormusic.org.

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