Jim Babjak and Dennis Diken to play Sandy Ground Benefit Concert

The Smithereens’ Jimmy Babjak and Dennis Diken join Bobby Bandiera, Southside Johnny and a host of other musicians for The Sandy Ground Benefit Concert in Highlands NJ, this Sunday Sept. 8 at 3pm.

Sandy Ground Benefit Concert
Sunday, Sept. 8, 3pm
SeaStreak Ferry parking lot area
326 Shore Drive
Highland NJ

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BOBBY BANDIERA, DENNIS DIKEN AND JIMMY BABJAK (THE SMITHEREENS), BOB BURGER, TIM MCLOONE, TOMMY LABELLA, LAYONNE HOLMES, ALEXIS BIESIADA, MARK BARDEN AND A HOST OF OTHERS HEADLINE CONCERT BENEFITING THE SANDY GROUND PROJECT SEPT. 8 AT 3:00PM IN HIGHLANDS

Sandy Ground Project Aims To Build 26 Playgrounds In 26 Hurricane Sandy Ravaged Communities, each Named For One Of 26 Newtown, CT Massacre Victims

(August 30, 2013) – Highlands, one of the most Hurricane Sandy devastated towns along the Jersey Shore, will be rocking and rolling on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 8, Bon Jovi guitarist Bobby Bandiera, and a bevy of special musical guests perform a concert benefiting The Sandy Ground Project – Where Angels Play.

Created by the New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association, The Sandy Ground Project is a registered non-profit organization building 26 playgrounds in 26 Sandy-ravaged communities in New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut, with each one named to honor the memory of one of the 26 children and teachers massacred at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT last December. Seven playgrounds have already been completed through local fundraising efforts, but with each one costing over $100,000, much more money needs to be raised to ensure that all are completed in time for the one year anniversary of the Newtown tragedy.

One of the playgrounds will be built in Highlands, which lost 1250 of its 1500 homes, its municipal building, and nearly all of its businesses and restaurants in the super storm. The Highlands playground will honor the memory of six-year-old Daniel Barden.

Daniel’s father Mark will be among the guest performers at the Sandy Ground Playground Concert, which begins at 3 p.m. at the Seastreak Ferry Terminal, Shore Drive in Highlands. The concert is being produced and directed by keyboardist, producer and composer Michael Mancini, who has worked with such luminaries as Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, B.B. King and Sheryl Crow, and marketing executive and award winning producer Rick Korn. Mancini and Korn have collaborated on numerous fundraising concerts, documentaries and docu-concerts over the past two decades, including the acclaimed “Voices of Inspiration” series.

Tickets for the concert are $25 for Highlands residents, $35 for all others and VIP tickets are $250 A package of 4 tickets can be purchased for $120. All proceeds will go to help build the remaining playgrounds and to rebuild the Highlands First Aid building destroyed by Sandy. For tickets call MaryKate Lavin 732-499-9250 or visit www.thesandygroundproject.org or www.highlandsnj.com