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Putnam Place in Saratoga Springs hosting benefit concert to support fellow musician after loss

Putnam Place in Saratoga Springs

Putnam Place in Saratoga Springs

Putnam Place is known for hosting local and national acts, from rockers to hip-hop artists.

This weekend, they’re bringing audiophiles together for a show that supports one of their own.

Ben Martin, a musician in the Saratoga-based band Thanks!, lost his father, Rick, and brother, Jake, within six days last year because of COVID-19 complications. A GoFundMe campaign was started for the family but the band and the band’s manager, Michelle Moyer of Perpetual Vibes, wanted to support the family in another way.

“When times get tough, we all grow stronger together and Thanks! is now calling on the community far and wide to come be with us and rally around this wonderful family. There is no greater force than music to bring everyone together and we wanted to host a benefit concert to do just that,” Moyer wrote in a release.

The concert, which was originally scheduled for January, will be held from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, with a silent auction, raffles and performances by several local bands. Thanks! will headline the show.

To pull it off, restaurants like Augie’s, Taquero and D’andreas, among other businesses, have chipped in.

“Everybody really came together. I can’t believe how much stuff everybody has given for these raffles and food donations . . . It’s just amazing,” Moyer said.

When it comes to the music, there’ll be a mix of folk, country and rock. Deb Cavanaugh, who plays mountain dulcimer, will bring folk to the stage, while Jennie Angel will bring country music.

The Capital Region-based pop-rock outfit known as E.R.I.E. will also perform. The band’s debut album, “Don’t Wanna Live, Don’t Wanna Die,” featuring songs that are at once musically upbeat and lyrically chilling, was released on Mint 400 Records in 2020.

The trio Son of a Gun, which weaves together jam and rock genres, is on the docket as well. Headliners Thanks! is a six-piece band rock outfit that layers jazz-influenced drums with rhythmic piano and soulful vocals and saxophone. It’s fronted by Andrew Grella on piano and saxophone, along with Andrew DeWolf on bass and Martin on drums. The band also performs with a three-piece horn section.

To wrap up the show, artists from each band will come together on stage to perform a few of Rick and Jake’s favorite songs. Tickets are $10 and proceeds go to the Martin family.

“COVID has taken a lot from all of us. It has been the most difficult time that any of us have seen in a long time, if not ever. We hope that we can all band together during this time and prove how strong our community is. We thank you in advance for your generosity and support,” Moyer wrote.

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