As Thanksgiving weekend comes to a close, local musicians are giving back.
And we all stand to benefit as they donate their time to help those affected by Superstorm Sandy.
Many of the Bradenton area's top purveyors of rock, soul and blues will be performing at Aces Live, 4343 Palma Sola Blvd., from noon until midnight today.
Attendees are asked to donate $5 at the door.
The benefit is the result of Bradenton resident and Aces regular Joy Fitzpatrick wanting to help people living in demolished areas like her hometown of East Rockaway on Long Island.
A few words with Aces owner Renee Bennett was all it took to make today's event happen.
"I'm really good friends with Renee and she told me right away we could use Aces," Fitzpatrick said.
"There are so many little towns that have been forgotten and we'd just appreciate any help to raise money to be distributed through the relief funds."
RJ Howson, a singer/guitarist from Chicago who hosts the Wednesday blues jams at Aces, assembled the impressive entertainment roster.
"The musicians are lining up for this one," he noted last week. "So far (we have) Kettle of Fish, RJ Howson Band, Justin Layman Band, Lauren Mitchell, Kara Nally, Betty Fox, and more."
Former Oakland Raider, NFL Pro Bowler and soul singer Henry Lawrence, who is part of the Dec. 1 Bradenton Blues Festival lineup, has also been confirmed to perform.
Same goes for Not Tuna, lap steel standout Bryan Byrd and Berry Duane Oakley, the talented son of the original Allman Brothers Band bassist/vocalist.
In addition to the mighty music lineup and prize drawings, there will be Ron's "all-you-can-eat" Italian buffet starting at 6 p.m. for $6.95, which just may be
the best dinner deal in town.
For more information, contact Aces Live at 941-795-3886 or aceslivemusic.com.
Music enthusiasts wanting to help Sandy victims should also mark your calendars for Dec. 12.
Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band and Kanye West are headlining a Superstorm Sandy benefit concert at Madison Square Garden.
Billy Joel, The Who, Alicia Keys, Jon Bon Jovi and Roger Waters are also confirmed to perform at the New York City show dubbed "12-12-12."
The Rolling Stones might even make an appearance, according to a report last week from the magazine of the same name.
Proceeds from 12-12-12 will go to the Robin Hood Relief Fund to benefit those affected by Sandy in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
Information regarding the telecast of the concert was not available at press time but will be posted at www.121212concert.org.
On Nov. 2, Springsteen, Jovi and Joel played NBC's live one-hour benefit telethon, "Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together."
Christina Aguilera, Sting and Jimmy Fallon also performed.
NBC reported the event raised nearly $23 million for the American Red Cross relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy.
Wade Tatangelo, features writer/columnist, can be reached at 941-745-7057.Follow Twitter.com/wtatangelo.