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Bay Ridgites have the best medicine for those still feeling the super storm blues: a jam-packed afternoon of rock ‘n’ roll!

Brooklyn music legend Frankie Marra and other neighborhood band favorites plan to rock all day and night at an upcoming concert benefitting Hurricane Sandy victims.

All proceeds of the Nov. 18 concert at the Salty Dog will directly aid storm-ravaged victims in hard-hit areas across Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island, Marra said.

“You look around and can see that the city is in ruins. It’s terrible,” the neighborhood headliner said. “We are just trying to do our share.”

The 10-hour benefit will feature classic rock to southern rock performers including Frankie Marra and his band — featuring special guest John Rafferty — Lepore, Cassone, and D’emic; Dirty Stayouts with Janice Higgins; High Tides; The Piranha Brothers; The Ridge; Radio Daze; Head N’ South; and Out of the Blue.

“These bands are some of the best in Bay Ridge,” said Marra. “People can come down, listen to some good music and do something good by donating money.”

All attendees will be asked to make a $20 donation that will be divided up amongst hurricane recovery funds including the Breezy Point Cooperative Disaster Relief Fund, the Brooklyn Recovery Fund, and the Tunnels to Towers Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund for Staten Island.

“The Bay Ridge community has strong ties to these three communities,” said Marra. “Many have family and friends living in these areas that were deeply affected by this storm.”

On the day of the event, organizers will also be collecting a range of supplies from toys to pet food to baby needs that will be delivered to super storm victims. A certified animal rescuer with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Humane Society will also be on hand to answer any questions about storm-displaced animals, Marra explained.

Longtime Bay Ridge resident Paulie SanFlippio says he will be attending the concert because “it’s a worthy cause.”

“The government doesn’t seem to be contributing too much to this,” he said. “Most of the work being done is by volunteers, so we need to help each other out.”

“Bay Ridge Music Cares” Hurricane Sandy benefit concert at the Salty Dog Bar and Restaurant [7509 Third Ave. between 76th Street and Bay Ridge Parkway in Bay Ridge, (718) 238–0030]. Nov. 18, noon (bands will play through 10 pm). $20 donation.

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Maureen SanFilippo from Bay Ridge says:
I am so very proud to be a member of the Bay Ridge community. New Yorker's get a bad reputation for being unfriendly but I have lived here all my life and can tell you that when you need help, the people of Bay Ridge are ALWAYS there for each other. Best community in the world!!
Nov. 15, 2012, 9:26 am
Radio Daze from tri-state area says:
We are proud to be participating in this event! Every come out and support this worthy cause!
Nov. 15, 2012, 9:37 am
BR neighbor from Bay Ridge says:
Frankie always comes to the rescue! Saved the Memorial Parade when funds were cut. Helped raised money for our families displaced by a massive fire. He is always there when needed. I know for a fact that he gave a lot of his own money into some of these things. He may not be a legend to you but he is too most of the Bay Ridge community.
Nov. 15, 2012, 3:31 pm
Kristin Marra- Frankie Marra's daughter from Dyker Heights says:
I am proud to call Frankie Marra my father! He's not only a legend with his music but he is a legend for all he has done for his community!!! I am always by his side through everything he has done! Let me just clear things up for the negative people commenting on his success in the Bay Ridge Community, he's a SuperHero!!!! There's nothing my father can't do!! This quality runs in the family =)
Nov. 15, 2012, 4:30 pm
Richard Rizzuto from Bath Beach says:
Out of the Blue is thankful to do our part and help raise some money for the victims of hurricane Sandy, we would like to thank The Salty Dog for providing the venue for this event, the community, and our dear friend Frankie Marra and the staff for putting this all together and yes Bay Ridge always comes through, and Frankie ,what can I say he's the man.!!
Nov. 15, 2012, 5:52 pm
Steve Donato from Bensonhurst says:
It's wonderful to see the community pull together for those now less fortunate because of Sandy. It's going to be a great show with some of Bay Ridges best bands. There are NO legends -just a lot of wonderful people doing what they can to help neighbors. Isn't that enough?
Nov. 15, 2012, 6 pm
Eddie Sarkis from bay ridge says:
Makes Money appear for Parades that have been cancelled.
Helps get money for neighborhood fire Victims.
Generates money to keep the band stages at festivals.

LEGEND
Nov. 17, 2012, 10:28 am

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