AFTEE and the Sag Harbor American Music Festival Premier “The Best Jams”

Bridgehampton, New York (May 18, 2020). AFTEE, Feed the Need -“The Best Jams” is helping support our East End Community one song at a time.  All for the East End (AFTEE) and the Sag Harbor American Music Festival present this one hour special, a virtual concert featuring select, iconic musicians from the East End! These unique jam sessions benefit AFTEE’s “Feed the Need” campaign, asking viewers to donate during the program. Funds raised support food instability and other emerging needs resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.

This one hour show airs on Saturday June 6th at 8pm and a second time on Sunday June 7th at 8pm 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 TBA*.(* Artists subject to change)

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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. 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, said Hartman.” I do believe we can affect real change, do REAL good, if it starts small.”

East End performer Gene Casey is also looking forward to this special 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,” said Casey.  “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 $300,000.00 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, SHAMF, 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 SHAMF.

About SHAMF:

Local to Global, Jazz and Blues, Folk and Rock, Pop, Hip-Hop, Americana and more. Now celebrating ten years, the Sag Harbor American Music Festival has brought a wide range of music to the masses.  The Festival includes 3 Main Stage evening concerts and 2 full days of FREE music. Local galleries, restaurants and businesses serve as intimate venues along with outdoor stage locations, offering a wide variety of performances during the Festival weekend. The daytime venues are free and open to the public, with costs covered by sponsorships and donations.

AFTEE, a unique 501(c)(3) organization was founded in 2012 and is working to support the non-profit community of Long Island’s East End. The Feed the Need Campaign is currently addressing issues of food instability and other concerns raised by the COVID-19 pandemic. The AFTEE Fund in the Long Island Community Foundation along with its advisors, manages the grants process to ensure transparency and administers the fund disbursements. Learn more about the work of AFTEE and the Long Island Community Foundation.

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