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Here’s the chance to “do good” and “do well” at the same time.

The National, a highly celebrated, five-piece Indie band, will perform at Forest Hills Stadium on Friday, Oct. 6, at 6:30 p.m. The doors open at 5 p.m.

Tickets run from $39.50 to $83.50, and the musicians have promised to donate $1 from every ticket sale to a Brooklyn-based nonprofit, The Melting Pot Foundation USA.

Formed in a garage in Ohio’s Cincinnati in 1999, the National blends folk, punk, and alternative rock to create its own unique sound that has been compared to Tom Waits, Depeche Mode, Nick Cave, and even Interpol, which played at Forest Hills Stadium on Sept. 23. The group’s lyrics are often a bit dark and difficult to interpret, sometimes dealing with unhappiness among privilege and shattered expectations, and singer Matt Beringer has a distinctive baritone voice, occasionally punctuated by frazzled screams. Plus, he often wears a dark suit jacket on stage.

For years, the members toiled in relative obscurity, but they got their big break in 2008, when the Obama campaign adopted their song “Fake Empire.” Their popularity then skyrocketed, and the group scored a big commercial success with its sixth studio production, “Trouble Will Find Me,” which was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 2013. It was allegedly inspired by sleep deprivation due to guitarist Aaron Dessner’s newborn baby duties.

The National’s most recent album, “Sleep Well Beast,” came out in September 2017. Attendees can expect to hear many of songs from this new album at the concert.

The Melting Pot Foundation USA, which is based in Brownsville, strives to counteract what it calls “food injustice.” The agency runs an eatery and a cafe that sell healthy food to neighborhood residents and a culinary center where it trains clients for jobs in the food industry.

Images: The National FB


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