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RED BANK: JIRKS AND SERAPHS UNITE

kirk-8390958Jirks bandleader Brian Kirk plays springtime Santa with a benefit concert for Middletown’s Mater Dei Prep high school, Thursday night at the Count Basie.

stsemail-2432184In an interview that appeared previously here on redbankgreen, businessman and bandleader Brian Kirk discussed what it takes to put on a big benefit concert — musing to the effect that “maybe I get whatever organizational skills I have from my mother, who used to work as a volunteer at St. Mary’s Thrift Shop in New Monmouth — they ran a tight ship over there!”

A party-starting pro with an ear for a crowdpleasing tune and an eye for a serious cause, the man who produces the annual “Santa for…” shows at the Count Basie Theatre (and who brought us years of Dunesday beach-concert benefits in Sea Bright) returns to the Red Bank stage on Thursday — this time rallying to the aid of Mater Dei Prep, the Middletown-based Catholic high school (and companion institution to both his elementary-school alma mater and that legendary thrift shop).

Beginning at 8 pm and starring the Shore’s premier cover band Brian Kirk & the Jirks, it’s a “Save the Seraphs” benefit show designed to raise operating funds for Mater Dei, a school that made recent headlines (as has its best-known alumnus, Brian Williams) when it nearly closed up shop after years of declining enrollment and operating deficits. While currently keeping a low public profile, Williams was among those who stepped up with significant donations in recent months — and with a family connection that’s seen his three sisters attend the school as proud Seraphs, Kirk was inspired to organize a special springtime edition of his Basie benefits.

The founder of borough-based Key Telecom will serve as emcee and front his band of Jirks during the Thursday night show; a happening that promises “energetic music and a little bit of ‘Bruce’ for a great cause.” While big Bruce himself hasn’t committed to the show, those Kirk-out events of past seasons have been known to attract several special guest musicians and vocalists; ranging from Jersey-bred new wavers to the voices behind some of the most indelible Boomer-era radio hits.

Take it here for tickets ($45- $125, with top ticket purchasers enjoying a VIP pre-show cocktail party at Buona Sera) — and here for more information on donating to the Seraph Fund cause.

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