Music: The Best Jams for the East End’s Food Pantries

All for the East End’s “Feed the Need” campaign is teaming up with the Sag Harbor American Music Festival in early June for “The Best Jams,” a virtual concert to support “food instability and other emerging needs resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.”

This one hour show airs on Saturday, June 6 at 8 p.m. and a second time on Sunday, June 7 at 8 p.m. on LTV, Facebook/Instagram Live and YouTube.

Featured musicians include: Dante Mazzetti, Gene Casey, Hoodoo Loungers, Inda Eaton, Jake Lear, Joe Delia, Ludmilla Brazil, Mama Lee Rose, Nancy Atlas, Points East, Sara Hartman, The 2nd Hands and Winston Ire.

The concert will also include special appearances by Loudon Wainwright III, Randy Brecker & Ada Rovatti and more to be announced. (artists subject to change)

Complete details are at www.aftee.org  and www.sagharbormusic.org    

Recording artist Sara Hartman, who grew up in Sag Harbor, will be one of the participants.

“I have been reading headlines about the pain in NY, it has been hurting my soul,” she said. “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.”

Songwriter, guitarist and bandleader for the Lone Sharks Gene Casey is also looking forward to this event.

“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,” he said. “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.”

To date, AFTEE has granted more than $300,000 to local pantries, including “Heart of the Hamptons”, Montauk Pantry, East Hampton Pantry, The Springs Pantry, Sag Harbor Pantry, St. Rosalie’s Church, CAST in Southold 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. Demands are five times higher than usual due to the loss of jobs and income during the coronavirus shutdown,” says AFTEE President Claudia Pilato. “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.”

The Sag Harbor America Music Festival is producing the event, along with Joe Lauro of the Hoodoo Loungers and his company Historic Films, which will edit and produce the video.  

“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 the Sag Harbor American Music Festival.

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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