Southside Johnny, Bon Jovi Guitarist Bobby Bandiera To Headline “Sandy Ground” Benefit Concert

HIGHLANDS – Highlands, one of the most Hurricane Sandy devastated towns along the Jersey Shore, will be rocking and rolling on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 8, as Southside Johnny, 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, Conn. 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 1,250 of its 1,500 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. The concert is being produced and directed by the award-winning keyboardist, producer and composer Michael Mancini and marketing executive and 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 and $35 for all others. A package of 4 tickets can be purchased for $120. For tickets and more information, call MaryKate Lavin 732-499-9250 or visit or

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