Songs for Sandy
Published: November 15, 2012
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If music can soothe the deepest pain and bring peace to an otherwise difficult time, then an upcoming event at Duffy's Coffee House is already close to completing its mission.
The "Teen Spirit" Hurricane Sandy Relief Concert will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. and is the brainchild of Duffy's staffmember Lizzie Walker and James Barrett of the band Shop Local.
Walker explained her reasons for wanting to hold the event.
"I wanted to actually go out to New York or New Jersey to help people out but I figured it was a long shot," she said. "I wanted to make use of the fact that we can use Duffy's and ask people to come and play."
Walker, Barret and Terry Hurst, also a member of Shop Local, are all students at Abington Heights High School. Another performer for the evening, Rachel Clark, is a student at Lackawanna Trail High School.
Hurst said that participating in events like this can help people change their preconceived notions about today's youth.
"It is really important for us to break the stereotype that our generation is ignorant and only concerned with technology, that we don't care about anyone else," he said. "It is important to get and stay involved with your community. The people affected by this storm are people just like we are. It is human nature to help others."
Currently, the event features four local acts but Walker said that they will accept sign-ups until the evening of the show.
"Duffy's has a very welcoming atmosphere to it and the fact that you're here to help people who need help will make this a great event," she said. "We wanted to do what we could to help a difficult situation."