Mulder was a tough act to follow but Ritt Henn came through poignantly on "Dry River" by Grammy Award winning alt-country/blues guitarist and songwriter Dave Alvin, a 1991 song the L.A. Times called "a blues lament about parched trees and severed roots." After Sullivan's "Landslide," Karen Oberlin was fun and contemporary on a medley of songs by the pop rocker Pink-"Stupid Girls" and "Eighteen Wheeler"-which is featured in her current cabaret show I'll Be Hard to Handle: Songs of Dangerous Dames (at the Laurie Beechman on January 9 and 23 at 7pm). Natalie Douglas (photo, right) returned and offered a rousing, audience-sing-along version of the 1967 Youngbloods hit "Get Together," before Emily Bergl brought the comic relief with the "Prince Medley," from her 2012 Cafe Carlyle show NY, I Love You, a humorous mashup-if a bit off theme and topic-of "Someday My Prince Will Come" with Lou Reed's "I'm Waiting for the Man" and Prince's "I Wanna Be Your Lover."
After supporting everyone superbly all night with his piano and backup vocals, Jon Weber got his chance to solo on Dave Edmund's 1970 hit "I Hear You Knocking." Fox returned to deliver Jackson Browne's "Before the Deluge," one of the many powerful numbers from her current show Canyon Folkies (which will be back at the Met Room on January 15, 16, 17 and 24). Towards the end of this number, the cast rose from their front row seats to join Fox on stage for an acapella ending and then remained for the big finale, T. Oliver Reid leading the group on Robbie Robertson and The Band's iconic "The Weight."
Lauren Fox, her selfless group of cabaret cohorts, and all those in the audience who attended this joyful and entertaining benefit show (that ended at 1 am), certainly did their small part in bearing some of the load and taking some of the weight off those people out in Queens still suffering from Sandy. Rock on Rockaways!