Local folk musicians will come together to put on a show that’s fun, has great music and makes a difference for their community.
The Adirondack Flood Relief Gala Concert will be held at the Indian Lake Theater on Nov. 13 at 2 p.m.
Bringing their neighbors together to enjoy acoustics, nine local folk musicians will pool their talents to perform at the Indian Lake Theater in hopes of making a difference. They’re raising money to help with damage from Tropical Storm Irene.
Tom Akstens, a coordinator for the concert, said the event was put together after a few members of the local music scene came together and decided to use music to uplift the community.
“The event is a reason to get together, and I think people want to help, have fun, and enjoy good music,” Akstens said. “It’s about having a good time and being able to do something worthwhile for the community. There will be no sitting around at this fund-raiser.”
Performers include renowned harper Martha Gallagher and her husband Dennis of Keene, whose home was severely damaged in the flood. Performer Julie Robinson-Robards of Upper Jay also lost her business to the storm. Also performing are Roy Hurd, Peggy Lynn and Dan Berggren, song writers and song collectors.
Some performers from neighboring communities include the Beeline Ramblers, a duo from the Berkshires, who heard about the devastation from Irene and volunteered to help, and Carolyn Bischoff and Tom Akstens, two performers from Johnsburg will also perform in the program.
Gallagher and her husband have been working to raise money locally ever since their home in Keene was severely damaged in the flood. Gallagher released an appropriately named album, “The Water is Wide,” in which all proceeds go directly to help those affected by Irene. The album is a collection of “calming and soothing songs.” Gallagher said she wants to help her neighbors and thank those who have helped her through her music.
“My home was one of many severely damaged by the flooding. People from many communities in the region have helped us try to recover,” Gallagher said. “I have wanted to help those who are still struggling and thank those who have helped; what I can offer is music.”
The money generated from the concert will go directly to the Adirondack Community Trust (ACT) where every dollar earned will go to parts of the Adirondacks with the most need.
ACT is a collection of funds that are pooled and invested throughout the Adirondacks. The organization strives to allocate funds effectively by researching grant-receiving nonprofits before approval.
Akstens said the event is a celebration of everything that has been lost and a celebration of the people of the Adirondacks coming together and helping one another.
Tickets purchased in advance are $20 and are $25 at the door. Tickets may be reserved by calling the theater at 648-5950.