matthew brown solarPHOTO: Matthew Brown of the Homeless Apians standing next to the solar power charging station he built to support the Standing Rock effort.

ASBURY PARK, NJ – A benefit concert to support the Standing Rock protests against the Dakota Pipeline is being organized by local New Jersey musicians. The event will take place at The Saint Nightclub in Asbury Park on November 28, 2016, tickets are $10 – $20 and the event is from 7:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Matthew Brown of the band The Homeless Apians, who is organizing the benefit concert said “No matter your cause, now is the time to step out of your comfort zone, pool resources, and take action.”

As Sacred Stone of Standing Rock is in desperate need of power to keep communication alive, Matthew Brown built a solar power charging station, and will transport it to Standing Rock with Alan Smith of the Porchistas in early December. “My association with Sunlab Studio gives me the opportunity to provide Standing Rock a practical utility – The fundraiser is an opportunity for the Asbury Park community to stand in solidarity with the water protectors” Brown said. “We are living in a time in which people are realizing on a mass scale that oil companies and multi-national corporations have no interest in protecting our planet for future generations,” said Alan Smith. “Millions of people are realizing that we have to do something.”

The solar power charging station is a powerful and sustainable device to charge cell phones and laptops, giving the people of Standing Rock access to life support, such as emergency medical services, access to their family and friends, increase their visibility on social media, and allow the collection of necessary supplies and gatherings of people. Additional donations of supplies are also requested. The most needed supplies are wool blankets, small portable wood stoves, and hot water thermoses. For those who wish to donate but cannot attend the event, donations to Matt Brown’s Paypal account are welcomed: [email protected]. The transport and delivery will be fully documented and posted on social media by Mattew Brown and Alan Smith. “I’m glad I have this opportunity to go to Standing Rock to stand side by side with the water protectors to say no to profit over clean water and a sustainable planet,” Smith said.

Playing the event are a number of musicians and bands including: Kiannah Jones who will perform traditional Cherokee Music, The Shady Street Show Band, The Accidental Seabirds, Cranston Dean, Jackson Pines, Matt and Cody of Homeless Apians and Alan Smith of The Porchistas. More acts will be added to the line-up as they are confirmed.


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More information is available at the Standing Rock Benefit Concert at The Saint’s Facebook page.


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Allan Dean is editor, publisher, and founder of the Atlantic Highlands Herald. Published since 1999 and selected in 2000 by the Borough of Atlantic Highlands as one of their official newspapers, making...