Local musician performs to help veterans

Photo courtesy of Danny Rongo

Singer, songwriter and activist Danny Rongo has been busy performing throughout New Jersey for 40 years and maintaining a corporate day job on Wall Street for 30 years.

He is performing a new, one-man show at the Jersey Shore to help benefit local veterans.

Rongo, who lives in Morganville with his wife Andrea, was raised in Brick Township and performs in Middletown often, maintaining a fan base there. He performs as a solo artist, while also playing bass in a few New Jersey-based bands, including John Eddie, Darren DeMarco and Goldenseal.

He is an activist for many groups and causes, including U.S. troops, veterans, spirituality, global warming, cancer, survivors of 9/11 and more. Rongo, though not a veteran himself, has the utmost respect for veterans and the daily sacrifice they make for their country.

He was specifically drawn to Vetwork about 10 years ago.

According to it website, Vetwork, which is located in Forked River, is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to assisting honorably discharged veterans in coming home, getting situated, receiving financial, social, and medical aid, and readjusting to to domestic life in the U.S.

Rongo’s new project blends his music and a positive message into an entertaining one-man musical called “The Phone Call.” The performance features songs from his CD, “One Bass One Voice Simply Onesong,” and it brings the audience along on a journey through music as a backdrop to a conversation with a friend who is trying to come to terms with his life and spirituality.

The theme is a message of peace, unity and understanding, along with the concept of oneness.

Rongo’s performance features a setting that resembles his actual living room, catchy songs and a feel-good inspiring message.

Rongo describes the concept of oneness a phenomenon, a state of consciousness where we experience connectedness and unity with all that is. He describes his music as “easy listening.”

“Our world is in the shape it is in because ‘we’ took it here. We are living through the sum of our collective consciousness over centuries. But remembering ‘oneness’ can also be a collective consciousness to turn it around,” Rongo said.

“Understanding ‘oneness’ means understanding that we are not ‘human beings having a spiritual experience,’ but rather we are ‘spiritual beings having a human experience.’ ‘Oneness’ is knowing that you are connected to every living being on this planet because we come from the same source,” he added.

Rongo enjoys helping the community while entertaining his audiences and is very involved in numerous charitable organizations based throughout the Shore area, including Vetwork.

Vetwork describes itself as “a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting our honorably discharged veterans in coming home, getting situated, receiving financial, social and medical aid and readjusting to domestic life in the U.S.”

Rongo is performing his show at colleges, theaters and clubs along the East Coast.

He has an upcoming performance at the Jersey Shore Arts Center, Herbst Theater, in Ocean Grove on Feb. 11.  A large portion of every ticket sold for all of his performances of “The Phone Call” will be donated to Vetwork.

For more information, visit www.dannyrongo.com or www.vetwork.org.