The Subscribettes writhed gangnam-style in red-and-purple leggings and tank tops around Timothy Wheeler, a bankruptcy attorney, who wore sunglasses, a bright-blue tuxedo jacket and skinny jeans.
Wheeler, the lead singer of the Subscribers, belted out the global hit from South Korean rapper Psy last night in the final Battle of the Bands of Wall Street Rocks.
The contest ended in a tie between the Subscribers, also featuring Chris Heasman of Lazard Ltd. and Scott Hendrickson of Permian Investment Partners, and Stone Hedge, a Moore Capital Management bunch including Web administrator and bassist Barbara Bootz.
The event culminated a year of live music that raised about $300,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project and ReservAid, which assist veterans. Sandy relief efforts also benefited from the finale, which was postponed by the superstorm.
Helping the area hit hardest in Staten Island, where he and his wife grew up, motivated Peter Carrara to pick up his drum sticks. Carrara, head of infrastructure for wealth management and capital markets at Royal Bank of Canada, got his band the Blues Brothers Project back together just for this event. Like the Spin Doctors, it was among those entertaining, not competing.
Stone Hedge’s set cycled through the ’60s to the ’80s, with “Love Me Two Times” by the Doors, AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell” and “In God’s Country” by U2. The musicianship was strong and the audience listened intently.
What got Aubrie Fine of UBS Securities LLC and Laura King of Morgan Stanley dancing were the Subscribettes, who first appeared in black unitards with cutouts at their midriff. Their band the Subscribers favored danceable tunes: Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger” and Michael Jackson’s “Beat It.”
James Macedonio, an executive director at Morgan Stanley, helps run Wall Street Rocks on a volunteer basis.
“A lot of charity events are not the let-your-hair-down, have-a-good-time variety,” Macedonio said. “People on Wall Street want to come out and play and we want to provide a platform for that.”
What is the attraction of Wall Street to rock ’n’ roll?
“Decadence, there’s no better word that fits,” Skid Row’s drummer, Rob Affuso, said. He recently played a 70th birthday party in Shanghai for a man from Switzerland who flew his friends in for the event.
(Amanda Gordon is a writer and photographer for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Any opinions expressed are her own.)
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