How to Save Kittens and Dance to Hippie Music at the Same Time

This Thursday, Retrofest is bringing its charitable rock flavor to Bartini Bar in Babylon. The ‘fest has become a mover and shaker for local nonprofits since its inception in 2004. At the time, it was just a way for keyboardist Allan Spielman and his friends to get the Woodstock-era music that they loved back into the live music scene. These days, it’s a feel-good musical fundraising event with corporate sponsorship.

Bobbi and the Strays, which sounds like it’s a swing group but is really an animal shelter in Freeport, is probably the perfect match for Retrofest’s fundraising efforts. It’s a non-profit, no-kill shelter that rescues animals from the streets, as well as from abusive or neglectful situations.

Thursday’s Retrofest will include the music of John Sebastian, Santana, Janis Joplin, Sly & the Family Stone, Joe Cocker, Jefferson Airplane, and more. Every penny collected goes to Bobbi and the Strays. Plus, Bartini’s owners Dave and Magge Drew will likely make a special appearance at the beginning of the night — and Magge’s wailing majesty is not to be missed.

For more information or to RSVP, check out the Facebook event. If you want to learn a little bit about the history of Retrofest, check out the article in this month’s print edition of the Long Island Pulse.

rorie kelly

Rorie Kelly is a singer/songwriter from various parts of Long Island. She recently released her debut CD called "Wish Upon a Bottlecap." Rorie and her band play regularly in NYC and on the island. Please visit for more information and pretty songs.