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Rock for the River 9 on July 7


CLAYTON — A close-knit coterie of musicians is once again heading to the riverside here for a concert to benefit Save the River.

The ninth annual Rock for the River concert is from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Clayton Opera House.

Last year was the first time the concert sold out. Tickets for this year’s concert are going fast and Save the River officials are expecting another full house. The opera house has a capacity of about 425 people.

Last year, $9,000 was raised, putting the eight-year total for Rock for the River at $51,000.

The concert was developed by Thousand Islands resident and musician Jay Nash. Each year he brings musical associates from the folk and alternative-music scene along with local musicians to Clayton for the concert to benefit the environmental advocacy group Save the River. Mr. Nash is a Syracuse-area native whose parents, Eric J. and Carol “Dede” Nash, moved to Clayton in 2005 where they operate RiverHouse, a bed-and-breakfast.

This year’s lineup includes several Rock for the River veterans.

Following are this year’s performers:

Jay Nash: Mr. Nash emerged into the national spotlight from the same Los Angeles music scene that gave rise to Katy Perry, Sara Bareilles and other pop music luminaries. He has logged more than 1,000 live performances and sold nearly 30,000 albums without having signed a deal with a conventional record label. His 2011 album, “Diamonds and Blood,” debuted at No. 5 on the iTunes singer/songwriter album chart. In May, he released the EP “On the Wood.”

Mr. Nash often tours with singer/songwriter Garrison Starr, who also returns to this year’s Rock for the River.

Garrison Starr: Mr. Starr blends a pop/rock/alternative sound with her country vocal background. She’s released seven albums and has opened for Melissa Etheridge. Her hit song “Superhero” aired on ABC’s 1999 coverage of the Women’s World Cup Soccer Tournament. Her latest album, “Amateur,” was released in May.

Amber Rubarth: Ms. Rubarth has become a fixture in New York City’s independent musician scene and was named No. 1 New York City songwriter by Deli Magazine. Last year, she was the grand prize winner of National Public Radio’s “Mountain Stage” songwriting contest.

Over the past seven years, Ms. Rubarth has toured Europe, Japan and the U.S., including recent appearances at Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center Atrium in New York City. She is composing the score for the upcoming documentary “Desert Runners.” Her latest album is “A Common Cause of Disappearing.”

Joe Purdy: His music has been featured on the television shows “Lost,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “House.” His song “Wash Away” was used in a Dawn dish soap wildlife ad, helping to raise thousands of dollars to rescue wildlife and aid in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill cleanup. He is touring throughout North America in support of his new release “This American.” The independent artist has sold more than one million direct downloads through iTunes.

Eliza Moore: Using poetry and inspiration from such writers as W.B. Yeats, Pablo Neruda and Martin Luther King, Ms. Moore paints a musical picture of the text with her voice and violin. She received her training at the Guildhall School For Music and Drama in London, where she developed a passion for world music and collaborative composition. Her latest album, released in 2008, is “Beauty in Mystery.”

Save the River also expects some surprise guests.

Rock for the River 9 is sponsored by the Duane and Dalia Stiller Charitable Trust, Cerow Agency and Raks Department Store in Clayton.

A Save the River spokeswoman said the sponsors ensure that all concert proceeds support Save the River’s advocacy, education and outreach work on the upper St. Lawrence River.

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