Wednesday, September 7, 2011

VT Flood Relief Concerts

[North Williston Road - I took this shot on Monday, 8/29. Hard to believe what a clear, beautiful day it was considering the storm just a day before.]

While it has been a very difficult and trying week and a half since Irene flooded much of Vermont, there have been a few bright spots in the aftermath: neighbors helping neighbors, or better yet - helping strangers, selflessly. Stories of hope and strength have bolstered spirits statewide and confirmed what we already knew: Vermont's heart and core is its resilient, caring people.

A number of benefit events are being organized around the region to generate funds for various relief organizations. These are the ones we know about, as of this afternoon on Weds. 9/7.

If you know of others or have details to share on the ones listed below please leave a comment here and we'll get the word out.

It's what friends do.

9/9: Waterbury Good Neighbor Fund benefit concert
Location: Rusty Parker Memorial Park, Waterbury
Time: 6-7:30pm
Donations: Free will
Benefits: Waterbury Good Neighbor Fund (for relief in Waterbury, Duxbury & Moretown)
Online: (on facebook)
9/10: Voices for Vermont (various artists, organized by the Good Earth Singers)
Location: State House Lawn
Time: 1-3pm
Donations: Free will
Benefits: United Way of VT & American Red Cross of VT & NH
9/10: Burlington Ensemble
Location: Alumni Auditorium, Champlain College
Time(s): 6-7:30pm & 8:30-10pm
Donations: suggested $10.00 per set
Benefits: The Intervale Farmer's Recovery Fund
9/11: Benefit Concert & Silent Auction (various performers)
Location: Nectar's
Time: 2pm-2am
Donations: $15.00 at the door
Benefits: VT Disaster Relief Fund
Online: ,
9/14: Phish - A Benefit for Vermont Flood Recovery
Location: Champlain Valley Fairgrounds
Time: Doors 5:30pm, concert @ 7:00pm
Donations: $75.00
Benefits: The Water Wheel Foundation & The VT Community Foundation
9/16: Irene Flood Relief Concert with Rubblebucket + Ritmo Masacote
Higher Ground Ballroom & Showcase Lounge
Time: Doors 7pm, Show 8pm
Donations: $10
Benefits: Vermont Foodbank

9/18: Join Hands, Vermont (various performers being organized by Annemieke Spoelstra)
Location: McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael's College
Time: 2-5:00pm
Donations: Free will
Benefits: TBD
Online: (on facebook)


  1. Thanks for pulling this together! Here's one more:

    9/16: Vermont Businesses Host an Irene Flood Relief Concert with Rubblebucket + Ritmo Masacote
    Location: Higher Ground
    Time: Doors open at 7PM, show at 8PM
    Donations: $10/ticket
    Benefits: Vermont Foodbank

  2. From Seven Days:
    Keilani Lime let us know about a silent art auction and concert at the at Campus RehabGYM in Burlington on Friday, September 16, 5-10 pm to “raise awareness of the environmental and economical damage to Vermont courtesy of our girl Irene,” and to raise funds to help with flood-relief efforts. Eleven Vermont artists have donated two 5-inch paintings each to the cause. Rutland singer-songwriter Sarah Wallis will perform.

  3. Two more listings that I've noticed from the Upper Valley area:
    9/17 - Twin State Band Aid - Ascutney, VT

    9/18 - Good Night Irene - Lebanon, NH

    Hope that helps!

  4. Another benefit concert has been planned to benefit the businesses of the town of Wilmington which were destroyed in the flood. September 23 & 24 information at Nine to ten bands over two days.

  5. We have been so fortunate to have so many musicians raising money for Flood Relief. Comedians are doing their part too! Here's a funny, true story to come out of the aftermath of Hurricane Irene... THE LAUGHTER AFTER THE STORM. One month after the flooding from Irene, six stand-up comedians traveled to Brandon, one of Vermont's many hard hit towns, to perform in the amazingly-titled benefit "Brand-Aid." What happened next was beyond what anyone could have expected...


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