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Bat McGrath Flood Benefit Concert Set for June 7

Rochester Music Hall of Famer Bat McGrath will perform a benefit concert at Keuka College Saturday, June 7.

The concert will support the Penn Yan Relief Fund, and begins at 7 p.m. in Norton Chapel. Tickets are $20 and are available at area Wegmans stores, Long’s Cards and Books in Penn Yan, and may be available at the door.

One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the Penn Yan Relief Fund, a charity set up last month to take requests and provide aid to local residents whose flood-related damages from severe mid-May storms were not covered by other sources, like flood insurance.

McGrath, whose five-decade career has included work in folk, jazz, and country music, lives in Nashville, Tenn. But in the late 1970s, McGrath lived in Branchport, playing gigs throughout the area and writing songs for his album From the Blue Eagle, released by Amherst Records in 1976. He and his wife, actress Trisha Cast, who has played “Nina” on the daytime drama The Young and the Restless for 15 years, visited Penn Yan last year.

McGrath ran a well-known Rochester bar/coffeehouse where, after hours, he and partner Don Potter held jam sessions with the likes of Chuck Mangione, Stanley Watson, and Tony Levine. He has written songs for such artists as Kenny Rogers, Wynonna, the Judds, and Cecily Wright.

In addition to From the Blue Eagle, his discography contains 11 other albums including No Reverb, Perfectly Flawed, Communicate, and So Do I.

Cast will also be at the concert to sign autographs.

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