Not a suit-n’tie guy, I shy away from the bigwigs at Wall Street. Last time I was there was to take my Ohioian friends to fondle the Bowling Green Bull’s well, you know… So, when I went to the 4th Annual Wall Street Rocks benefit concert at the Highline Ballroom,  I must say I was a bit leery. Boy was I wrong.

Although more expensive suits than a Men’s Warehouse, these guys (and gals) know how to ROCK! With a lineup of incredible musicians, including Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers), John Popper (Blues Traveler), and, my personal favorite, Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top, hosted by every metalhead’s favorite Emcee, Eddie Trunk, it was truly a night to remember.

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But, the best thing about the concert is what it was being held for, that being to benefit ReserveAid, a non-profit committed to providing financial support to the families of Reserve Service Members from all services, who have been called to active duty and are experiencing financial difficulty. Over their first three years, Wall Street Rocks has raised over $350,000 – not too shabby.

The band really rocked too. Am I the only person that ages around here?  John Popper looked and sounded great, Eddie Trunk looks like he always does, but Billy, is it possible to actually get younger? Seriously, the man was on fire. I thought it was 1983 again, when I ran out to buy my then favorite album, ELIMINATOR. Even Warren Haynes looked good. I gotta cut down on my sugar intake…


Will Lee and Anton Fig from David Letterman’s The Late Show band were spot on too, as well as Aaron Hersey (Phish) and Mike Addiego (Steely Dan).

You gotta hand it to Wall Street Rocks co-founders Peter Carrara, Leslie Kirby, and George Chrisafis for putting together a great show. I’m truly happy I went and might even buy a suit one of these days, but you ain’t ever gonna get me to wear a tie!

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– Michael

Photos by Vincent Pelly via R. Couri Hay PR