Shorecase: A Benefit for Hurricane Sandy

This past Wednesday Rutgers University was home to a special show- a benefit for our state featuring bands and comedians that were from NJ and NY- states that got hammered by the storm. It was called Shorecase: A Benefit for Hurricane Sandy. The organizer of the benefit, Kelsey Flanigan, reached out to me and asked me if I would cover the event. I try to help out where I can and being a part of the Garden State- I couldn't say no. Then I found out a couple of my friends were playing, Lovelectric and Modern Chemistry, and I was stoked. 

The night started off with a few laughs. Stand up comedians Stephen Hilger, Daniel Speizer and Patrick Goldsmith got everyone ready for a great night. 

The duo The Lords of Lichtenstein were the first musical act of the night. Hailing from Holmdel, NJ, these brothers traded instruments and vocals easily. 

The 3 piece NJ band Merchant Copy were up next. Self described as "indie-folk" which was pretty spot on for what these guys did. They kept the energy up and the show rolling along nicely. 

My friends in Lovelectric were up after Merchant Copy. Hailing from New Brunswick, they have been making some huge waves the last few months. I shot some promo pictures for them last than two months ago and it is insane how much they have exploded since then. I was excited to see them play finally, and they absolutely didn't disappoint.  

Still Vandals took the stage a few minutes after Lovelectric left. Matching sweaters and rock and roll.

The Common Room was next to play. Well, 2 of the guys from The Common Room, rather. Guitar/vocals and a saxophone  I have always loved the sound of a saxophone done well, and although it wasn't the full band, these guys were a real treat to see play. They sounded absolutely fantastic. 

Kelsey Flanigan introducing Modern Chemistry and giving thanks all around. 

It was time for Modern Chemistry, the last band of the night. Another band hailing from New Jersey, they took the stage ready to leave it all on the stage. Singer Joe Zorzi wore a "Restore The Shore" sweatshirt, which was a subtle reminder about why everyone was there. 

It was a great night for a great cause. But everyone I talked to said the same thing, none of it would have been possible if not for Kelsey Flanigan.

Kelsey with one of the food donations. 

From everything I was told, Kelsey pretty much organized the whole event. This was her brainchild and I was happy to be a small part of it.

Kelsey being interviewed by Crissy Milazzo.