True Deezen vocalist "Reverend Dan" O’Connell sings during a Norton Records benefit concert at the Melody Inn at 38th and Illinois streets, Friday, Jan. 18, 2013. Norton Records, based in New York City, suffered damage to its warehouse facility from Hurricane Sandy, and benefit concerts across the country have helped them raise money to clean and dry their collection. (Alex Farris / For The Star) Alex Farris
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2013.01.20
Another late assignment from the Star, another place in Indy I surprisingly have never been to (or even heard of), another concert. This concert, though, was philanthropic.

The gig, featuring Cheetah Chrome, Deezer and Eddy Price (who performed before I got there), raised money for Norton Records. The New York label suffered from Hurricane Sandy, which wiped out a lot of the inventory (including all of their 45s) at its Brooklyn warehouse. The Melody Inn hosted a raffle that awarded vinyls, posters, a record player and lots of other music merch, and the venue's tight quarters made for some very intimate connections between the audience and the performers, appropriate for such an occasion. Check out the photos, both here and at the Star, and try telling me you wouldn't start to love everyone there out of sheer good cause and proximity.

If you feel so inclined to "help the loud sound rebound," you can donate here. You could also get a Sandy-exclusive 45 sleeve, if you want something physical for your support. Full details on the website.

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Deezen vocalist "Reverend Dan" O’Connell sings during a Norton Records benefit concert at the Melody Inn at 38th and Illinois streets, Friday, Jan. 18, 2013. Norton Records, based in New York City, suffered damage to its warehouse facility from Hurricane Sandy, and benefit concerts across the country have helped them raise money to clean and dry their collection. (Alex Farris / For The Star) Deezen vocalist "Reverend Dan" O’Connell sings during a Norton Records benefit concert at the Melody Inn at 38th and Illinois streets, Friday, Jan. 18, 2013. Norton Records, based in New York City, suffered damage to its warehouse facility from Hurricane Sandy, and benefit concerts across the country have helped them raise money to clean and dry their collection. (Alex Farris / For The Star) Alex Farris
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