Larry Goldfarb brought together his love of music and his desire to help troops overseas on Sunday.
The Patchogue man organized a concert to help raise money for Guitars 4 Troops, a Tennessee-based group that sends guitars and musical equipment overseas to troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.
"It costs $50 a piece just to ship guitars, they don't have UPS in the foxholes," said Goldfarb, who served in the navy. “There’s a lot of music coming from over there, helping these guys being able to process losing a buddy, or separation and the kinds of things we couldn’t even begin to imagine.”
About 50 people sipped beers, noshed on smokey barbeque and swayed to the sounds of blues and rock emanating from the performers onstage at Bobbique in Patchogue.
“It’s important to make people aware of the troops overseas and music brings people together,” said Eric Rifkin, the owner of Bobbique.
Goldfarb collaborated with the owner of a Tennessee guitar shop who has run Guitars 4 Troops since 2009 for the event at Bobbique. He hoped to raise at least $2,000.
Goldfarb also performed in the band Lonesome Dan and the Curmudgeons as part of the concert's lineup.
Solo performer Sim Urivetzky, said “music brings me a lot of joy, and I figured that the soldiers fighting for our country deserve the same enjoyment.”