Jersey, Nashville musicians unite for benefit concert in Bayonne to help Baytown, Texas hurricane victims

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Hurricane Harvey caused catastrophic destruction and thousands of Texas flood victims were forced to evacuate.

Now a local port city is stepping up to help with the Bayonne to Baytown Benefit Concert.

According to Mayor Jimmy Davis, the concert is set for Friday, September 22, from 6 to 10 pm on the lower level of DiDomenico-16th Street Park. 

Proceeds will benefit the flood victims in Baytown, Texas.

“This concert will give Bayonne residents a special opportunity to help the residents of Baytown,” Davis says. 
“ I know we can count on the generosity of our residents at this time of great need in Texas.”

A variety of musicians will take the stage at the amphitheater, home to Bayonne’s Summer Sounds concert series — for the free concert.

Nashville country rock musician Joe Bayer was named Entertainer of the Year by County Blast Radio in 2015. He has performed at clubs in the metropolitan area, and played last year at the Bayonne Community Museum.

Rocco and the Mob is a New Jersey-based, seven-piece classic rock band with a tight rhythm section fueled by driving horns.

Bayonne’s Blue Dawg Band is known for blues and classic rock. Band member Terry Young recruited the talent for the benefit concert.

Several other local musical acts will later be announced.

The Artist Avenue Performers will sing the National Anthem, under the direction of Melissa Rada.

 Davis will serve as master of ceremonies.

The Bayonne Economic Opportunity Foundation (BEOF), Bayonne’s community action organization, will accept donations of any size in lieu of a set admission fee. Checks should be made payable to the BEOF with “Baytown” written in the memo portion of the check.

Donations can also be made online at beof.org by clicking on the logo for Hurricane Harvey donations. The BEOF will disburse funds to Baytown following the concert.

Admission to the concert will be based on a free-will offering. No donation is considered too large or small.

There will be a table set up to accept electronic donations. Cash donations are also accepted, but checks and electronic donations are preferred for security and tax-deductibility.

For sponsorships, please contact Recreation Supervisor Pete Amadeo at 201-858-6129. Local vendors willing to donate their profits to the BEOF for this project should contact Amadeo to apply to participate in the concert event.

To ensure sufficient seating, members of the audience are encouraged to bring their own chairs.

The mayor says he is looking forward to seeing the people of Bayonne supporting our brothers and sisters in Baytown at this wonderful concert.

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