WESTFIELD, NJ — A sophomore at Westfield High School will perform in her second annual Gig For Good charity concert to support the Agape Community Kitchen in Elizabeth this weekend.
Samantha Smith, 15, has volunteered at Agape with the Youth group from Presbyterian Church in Westfield. The group of teens travel to Agape Wednesdays to help cook, serve and clean up dinner for about 200 homeless people, organizers said. The upcoming concert at the Crossroads in Garwood will have an upbeat vibe.
“Donations will be collected at the door of this legendary live music venue, and I have put together a fun set list of pop and rock covers for everyone to jam to,’” Smith said on a GoFundMe page set up for the event. “I'll have a full band playing with me, and we have been rehearsing, so I can put on a great show at Crossroads and a successful ‘Gig For Good.’”
Smith launched Gig For Good when she decided to combine her passion for singing and her love of volunteering at Agape to raise funds and be a force for good in the community for her confirmation project, organizers said. Smith set a goal of raising $10,000 and has reached $8,565 so far, according to the GoFundMe page.
Her first gig was at the music venue Le Poisson Rouge in NYC in July. Smith is backed by four professional musicians from RMC Studios in Garwood, where she has been taking lessons for almost 10 years.
The upcoming concert is open to all ages and there is no admission at the door. It will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19, at The Crossroads, 78 North Ave., Garwood.
Donations can be made directly to the Presbyterian Church and their Agape Community Kitchen via GoFundMe.com/Gig-For-Good.