Performing to help rebuild the Rockaways


Retrofest 33, a benefit concert organized by Woodmere resident Allan Spielman and sponsored by Long Island Builders Inc., raised approximately $1,800 that will be donated to Respond & Rebuild in the Rockaways to aid the cleanup from Hurricane Sandy. The five hour event attracted 250 people to the Backstage Nite Club in Woodmere on Dec. 29.

New York-based musician Godfrey Townsend headlined a slate of six bands and four acoustic acts that paid tribute to the music groups that performed at the Fillmore West in the 1960s and ’70s. Townsend has played with Jack Bruce of Cream, the late John Entwistle of the Who, Dave Mason and Alan Parsons.

Respond & Rebuild is a group of disaster response volunteers who came together to help after Sandy. They use their experience as relief workers and skills in the construction trades to coordinate immediate and effective response to disaster and aid in the long-term rebuilding process.