South Street Seaport Museum, which was hit particularly hard by Sandy in 2012, is hosting a benefit concert with a diverse lineup on Tuesday, August 4. Dubbed Dock Rocks, this mini-fest features big-name headliners Wyclef Jean and Duran Duran—both of whom are set to release new studio albums later this year—along with up-and-coming acts such as Harlem soulster Caleb Hawler and LA singer-songwriter Chris Ayer. Tickets are on sale now.
It's a worthy cause: With some of the city's oldest restored architecture bordering Wall Street's lofty modern towers, the historic district occupies a vulnerable place in the city's landscape and faces the continual threat of encroaching development. The area's famed Pier 17 shopping arena is closed down for renovation, but while you're enjoying the tunes, be sure to sample the area's numerous Smorgasbord offerings—a daily happening at South Street as opposed to its bigger weekly Brooklyn brethren—or explore the museum and historic ships.
Update (July 31, 2015): The Dock Rocks benefit has been canceled; according South Street Seaport Museum, a similar benefit will be planned for this fall.