By Jim Sullivan
---- — 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.
“It is such an incredible thing to see so many people come out year after year to help people out,” Ezra said. “The day is filled with music and celebration. The mission of The Ramble is to let people know that they can come out and that there are tons of ways that they can activate and be connected to their communities.”
Last year’s Ramble raised money to build a play structure at Lynn’s Henry Avenue Park. Ezra and his band were able to see their efforts pay off when they played the build day back in June.
“That was so great to be a part of,” Ezra said. “The community that have rallied around the project and has been making it happen were all there. They are really inspiring folks. We were able to make an impact for families who are right in our backyard.”
This year’s Ramble will also be rolling buses to the event from several locations, including Boston; Durham, N.H.; Portland, Maine; Hartford, Conn.; and Smithfield, R.I. Those who can’t make it, however, can watch the show live at getrambled.com.
“We have fans coming in from all over New England for this thing,” Ezra said. “And the reason why we are at Salisbury Beach is because it is this beautiful, perfect spot for us.
“The town of Salisbury really supports us. After the festival, they set off a bunch of fireworks for everybody to watch. It’s going to be a really great, great day.”
If you go
What: The Ramble
When: Saturday, 3 p.m.
Where: Salisbury Beach Center
How much: Free, but donations will be accepted to benefit homeless veterans in New England
More information: http://getrambled.com
Schedule of events
3 p.m. — Pesky J. Nixon
3:35 p.m. — John Colvert
4:20 p.m. — The Ghost of Paul Revere
4:55 p.m. — Ross Livermore Band
5:40 p.m. — Freevolt
6:15 p.m. — Will Evans
7 p.m.: Sarah Blacker
7:35 p.m. — Adam Ezra Group
10:15 p.m. — Fireworks
10:30 p.m. — Ramble On Beach Party
11 p.m. — Buses depart