Artists Reach Out: The Aftermath of Irene

| August 30, 2011 | 2 Comments

It became a bit of a running joke this past weekend that Hurricane Irene did not live up to her hype as she barreled through New York City.  For all the state warnings, evacuations and closings, the majority of the people who expected to see severe damage were disappointed in the few scattered branches and bouts of power outage Saturday and Sunday.

What many Manhattanites have failed to recognize is that while perhaps they did not endure massive, life-altering destruction MANY people across the East Coast have.  There are still millions without power, homes destroyed by flooding, trees and bridges torn away, roads closed, and valuables and lives lost.  One particular area, Schoharie County, in upstate New York, has seen destruction on par with that of Hurricane Katrina.  This lush farmland is almost completely submerged due to the massive flooding that’s washed away bridges, livestock and businesses that have been in place since the late 1800s.

One of NYC’s staple artists and humanitarians, Martin Rivas, was particularly devastated by the destruction of the area, a place close to his northern escape and family property.  Sadly, the news has done little to expose the tragedy up there due to the small nature of the town, and he’s decided to take matters into his own hands.

Over the next few days artists from all over New York City will be donating original songs to be part of a compilation CD available for download on Bandcamp.  All proceeds from this album will go directly to whatever charity or disaster relief organization takes initiative in the aid and rebuilding of these towns.  Local artists including Rivas, Bri Arden, Rachel Platten, Barnaby Bright, Casey Shea, Greg Holden, Alexa Wilkinson, Lara Ewen, Chris Ayer, Nick Howard, Zach Hurd, Will Knox, Josh Dion, Amber Rubarth, Shira Goldberg, Chrissi Poland, Allison Weiss, Wes Hutchinson and Charlene Kaye have already volunteered their music, and we welcome all to participate in the cause.

While many are feeling relief that their lives returned to normal Monday morning, there are still thousands whose lives were changed forever by this force of nature.  Please help show your gratitude for your good fortune by supporting those less fortunate.  If you have any questions about how you can help or if you know of any other major areas suffering and would like to raise awareness please e-mail me at and I will help in whatever way I can.

Schoharie Valley: Before and After


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