A North Country concert draws quite the crowd every year when it comes to town. Rock for the River held its annual concert earlier this summer, but to celebrate its tenth anniversary, the musicians are coming back for one more show. YNN's Carmella Mataloni reports.
CLAYTON, N.Y. -- The annual Rock for the River concert held its tenth show in Clayton this past July and tickets sold out weeks in advance. In order to celebrate the milestone, the musicians headed back to Clayton for one more show to close out the summer.
"This being the tenth year we are doing it, we are commemorating with a special second concert this Sunday, September 1 at the Clayton Opera House," said Jay Nash, singer and organizer.
The concert features the musical stylings of Joe Purdy, Garrison Star and a handful of others.
Nash, who is set to perform, is also the organizer of the concert. Soon after moving to Los Angeles to pursue his musical career, Nash started to miss his summers on the river. That's when he created the idea for the concert.
"It's really kind of become a celebration and a coming together for people of all ages and demographic in the Thousand Islands and upper Saint Lawrence Region," said Nash.
It's a celebration that not only brings community members together, but also benefits one organization who prides itself on keeping the Saint Lawrence River beautiful.
Over the past ten years, Rock for the River has donated about $100,000 to Save the River. Directors say it's their biggest fundraiser.
"It brings such a diverse group of people together in a truly joyous and wonderful occasion and I think Jay mentioned it's sort of closing the summer season out and it will feel really good because it's been a good busy, busy year," said Lee Willbanks, Save the River Executive Director.
"You know, Save the River is a member based non-profit organization that in my mind is kind of the soul organization that stands as a voice for the people," said Nash.
Nash said he plans to come back for Rock for the River for as long as he can, and will continue to give back to the organization that does so much for it.
Tickets for the show are still available at www.claytonoperahouse.com.