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August 22, 2013

Rambling through

Salisbury show to benefit homeless veterans

With all due apologies to Steve Martin, Adam Ezra is a ramblin’ man.

“I go down and play for the guests at the Pine Street Inn whenever I can,” Ezra said, referring to the homeless shelter in Boston. “And I would invite friends to come out and volunteer. We would come out and play, that sort of thing, and we would call it the Sunday Ramble and help the folks out.”

That name is the inspiration behind this Saturday’s The Ramble, a free, outdoor concert on Salisbury Beach that will raise money to support homeless veterans.

“It was just a fun thing to be a part of, so when we were trying to come up with a name for this event, it just felt right,” Ezra said.

The concert will be headlined by Ezra’s band, the aptly named Adam Ezra Group, and includes seven other musical acts on two stages, including The Ghost of Paul Revere, Freevolt, Will Evans, John Colvert, the Ross Livermore Band, Pesky J. Nixon and Sarah Blacker. The event, which kicks off at 3 p.m., will also feature food, drinks and beach games.

“It just blows me away, it’s such an inspiring thing to be a part of,” Ezra said. “It’s like, whenever you have a party and invite a bunch of your friends over and they all come out, it feels really good, and this is kind of our own version of that on a larger scale.

“We invite all of our friends and all of our fans to come together as one community and support something that is a little bit bigger than all of us.”

Currently in its fourth year, The Ramble is the brainchild of Ezra, who started the nonprofit organization RallySound, which looks to raise money for worthy causes by showing people a good time. The first Ramble was held indoors at Salisbury’s Blue Ocean Music Hall and helped raise money for earthquake relief in Haiti. The second Ramble moved outdoors as part of the Showcase Live event at Gillette Stadium, and last year, Ezra and company decided to stay in the open air, relocating it to Salisbury Beach.

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