Benefit concert featuring Dispatch supports new September 11 memorial

Dispatch will be performing at the fund-raising concert for the Sept. 11 memorial.

Dispatch will be performing at the fund-raising concert for the Sept. 11 memorial.

The organization behind the planned new September 11th Memorial has gathered an impressive lineup of artists for The Music Remembers…,  a concert benefiting the construction of the memorial and celebrating the lives lost on that tragic day.

Local artists Caroline Jones and the Ian Murray Band will join international headliners DISPATCH for a private show this Sunday, Dec. 7, at Garcia’s in Port Chester, N.Y. Proceeds from the event will aid September 11th Memorial/Greenwich in its efforts to construct a new memorial in Cos Cob Park. The planned memorial would feature two glass towers representing the World Trade Center, adorned with a pair of American flags and the names of the 32 individuals with ties to Greenwich who lost their lives as a result of the terror attacks.

Fund-raising for the new memorial had been conducted privately, but the campaign opened up to public support during the September 11th Memorial/Greenwich annual breakfast this past fall. At that time the project garnered strong public support from leaders including First Selectman Peter Tesei, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-4th). Those endorsements were part of the ongoing public outreach for donors to make the planned memorial, which would be on town property and open completely to the public, a reality.

The 12-foot glass towers planned for the memorial would overlook Indian Harbor. Compasses in the memorial plaza would point toward Washington, D.C., Shanksville, Penn., and Manhattan, the three sites of the Sept. 11 attacks. If the capital campaign is successful, the memorial would open before Sept. 11, 2015.

An artist’s rendering of the proposed Sept. 11 memorial that will go in Cos Cob Park. The full design is set to be unveiled at a presenation on Monday and organizers of the project are seeking support.

An artist’s rendering of the proposed Sept. 11 memorial that will go in Cos Cob Park.

September 11th Memorial/Greenwich Secretary/Treasurer David Rabin explained to the Post that the memorial will remain open so that the families affected by the terror attacks will always have an opportunity for peaceful remembrance. He described local families that have struggled to find privacy when visiting One World Trade Center in those intimate moments having been approached by tourists and media while wrapped in emotion.

Sunday night’s concert will be a major step toward the completion of the new memorial, with the help of a trio of successful artists who found their start in Greenwich.

“As an artist, these are my favorite types of shows. Getting gritty in a small club while benefiting a very important cause,” DISPATCH guitarist, Brunswick alumnus and Greenwich resident Pete Francis said. “The 9/11 victims and families will forever be in our hearts.

Known for its experimental sound and acoustic stylings, DISPATCH has been involved in a number of charitable projects. Drummer Brad Corrigan helped to organize The Relief Project, an organization of musicians dedicated to aiding communities in need. Together, the three members of the band established Amplifying Education, a nonprofit initiative dedicated to promoting education across the world. The group’s website reports that more than 750 fan volunteers have dedicated almost 8,000 to improve schools in North America and Europe.

Caroline Jones was born and raised in Greenwich, and her country/pop performances have made her a perennial favorite locally. A Greenwich Academy alumna, Ms. Jones has had a career that has taken her across the country, having recently performed the national anthem for the NBA’s Miami Heat. She has also undertaken a project entitled The Heart Is Smart, traveling to music colleges and conservatories to collaborate with and assist young artists. To learn more about Ms. Jones and her new single, Fall for Me, visit CarolineJones.com.

The Ian Murray Band is a persistent presence in Greenwich, lending its jam band sound to a number of local fund-raisers and celebrations. Mr. Murray is also an alumnus of Brunswick, and the band’s only album, In the Wind, was produced by Mr. Francis in 2006.  The Vineyard Vines co-founder and his eponymous band recently performed alongside Mr. Francis during a Dec. 5 performance at Garcia’s last year, and shared the stage with DISPATCH earlier this year at the Greenwich Wine+Food Festival.

VIP guests at Sunday night’s concert will have a chance to meet the members of DISPATCH, Ms. Jones and the Ian Murray Band during a private VIP reception prior to the 7 p.m. performances, and will have access to an open bar and free parking. Capacity for the event is limited to just 250 people; general admission tickets cost $250 per person while VIP tickets are $500 each.

To purchase tickets for The Music Remembers… or to donate to September 11th Memorial/Greenwich, visit Sept11memorialgreenwich.org.

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