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Scene Last Night: Steve Earle, Adam Max, John Hurt, Josh Ritter

December 07, 2011

Dec. 7 (Bloomberg) -- “There are many people in IT circles that play,” said Peter Carrara, an information technologist at JPMorgan Chase & Co. “It’s a way to unwind, and tonight it’s a way to raise money for a great cause.”

Carrara, a drummer, stood on the balcony of Irving Plaza last night at “Wall Street Rocks for the Veterans,” which he helped organize.

The event, featuring musicians and bands with day jobs on Wall Street, drew more than a 1,000 people to benefit Wounded Warrior Project and ReserveAid.

Lucas Detor, a former soldier and Secret Service agent who is a managing director at Morgan Stanley, founded ReserveAid when he realized people in his unit didn’t have money to buy things for their families.

The organization now helps veterans with everything from utility bills to job training and placement.

“Working on Wall Street, you don’t put your life in danger,” Detor said. “What’s the same is that you all depend on each other.”

Carrara rocked through a set list of songs by Jane’s Addiction, Alice in Chains and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The 31 sponsors included Cisco Systems Inc., International Business Machines Corp., Savvis Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co., Tech Exec Partners and Synechron. The drink of choice: Corona.

“I’m a Ludwig guy,” Carrara said of his drums, as bandmate Neil Holstein, who plays six-string guitar and bass, approached.

“When we met, we talked about music immediately,” said Holstein, global head of high-performance engineering at Morgan Stanley. “We were just hanging out in the office. I think he had a drumstick on his desk.”

New York Public Library

Singer-songwriters held forth at the New York Public Library last night.

Steve Earle read from his latest novel, “I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive,” about Hank Williams and the doctor who was with him the night he died.

Earle said part of his inspiration for writing the book was Michael Ondaatje’s first novel, “Coming Through Slaughter,” about the New Orleans jazz man Buddy Bolden.

Josh Ritter, who writes to “music without words” by bands such as Radiohead and Aphex Twin, published his first novel, “Bright’s Passage,” this year.

Composing fiction allows him to stretch his legs.

“The feeling is like being a dog on the beach. You look at that expanse of sand and say, ‘This is all I mine. I can write as long as I want, and I don’t have to rhyme anything.’”

Brooklyn Academy

During the gala supper following John Hurt’s performance in Samuel Beckett’s “Krapp’s Last Tape” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music last night, folks talked about the play.

“It’s minimalist,” said Adam Max, a vice chairman of BAM and managing principal at buy-out firm the Jordan Company LP. “Maybe he speaks about 20 lines in an hour. The rest is recordings of his voice in the past.”

That explained the reels of unraveled audiocassettes serving as table decoration at Skylight One Hanson, where guests included Maggie Gyllenhaal, Philip Glass and Laurie Anderson.

“I had no idea it would be so touching,” said Anderson. “It’s sad but there’s also the sweetness of remembering.”

Actress Mamie Gummer was intrigued by the silences of the production. “Silence is scary, and it’s also captivating” she said.

The star of the play celebrated his first New York theater engagement with his director, Michael Colgan.

“I’m very pleased,” Hurt said. “It is a wonderful theater, vocally very easy and crackling with atmosphere.”

(Amanda Gordon is a writer and photographer for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Any opinions expressed are her own.)

--Editors: Manuela Hoelterhoff, Jeffrey Burke.

To contact the writer on this story: Amanda Gordon in New York at agordon01@bloomberg.net or on Twitter at @amandagordon.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at mhoelterhoff@bloomberg.net.


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