For the band Art of Play, Friday’s “Sand-Aid” concert for Hurricane Sandy relief was personal.
The summer home of bass player T.J. Coon’s family in Brant Beach had to be gutted after the ground floor was flooded by the super storm. A nearby house owned by family friends was destroyed.
Guitarist Domenico Randazzo’s family place in Beach Haven Terrace escaped major damage, but others in the neighborhood were not so lucky.
And two Shore venues where the band has performed, the Sea Shell Motel in Beach Haven, and Hagler’s Marina in Brant Beach, were heavily damaged.
Friday’s benefit at Morristown High School was conceived by Art of Play members and their parents prior to the star-studded 12/12/12 Sandy concert at Madison Square Garden, said Domenico’s mom, Jean Randazzo.
“Me and T.J. both have houses down the Shore, so we both want to fund Sandy relief efforts,” Domenico, an MHS freshman, said moments before taking the stage on Friday. “And at the same time, [we wanted to] get in front of a large audience that wants to come to see us. So it’s kind of killing two birds with one stone.”
Art of Play keyboard player Ricky Webber ranked Sand-Aid with playing Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater. Rounding out the band is drummer/singer Tyler Volk.
The amount raised for Sandy relief was being calculated over the weekend.
Sand-Aid also featured seventh-grade singer Hanna Neil, the popular MHS bandCaptain Lung, Hoi Polloi (with Domenico’s dad, Domenick Randazzo, on drums) and Rich Meyer. Chris D’Amico was emcee. Check out our video for highlights.