Boston Music Scene Unites for Benefit Concert

Victims of the Boston Marathon bomb attack will be supported by Boston's renown hardcore music scene with what is being called "the best show in history."

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The Boston music scene will pull together for a benefit concert to support victims of the recent Boston marathon bomb attack.

The "THIS IS BOSTON" show pulls together several generations from the legendary local hardcore punk scene, including Converge, Slapshot, Dropdead and more.

"For me the punk and hardcore world has always been a caring world despite the volume of things," Converge frontman Jacob Bannon told "It's time to show the city that."

The DIY ethics of the punk scene made a benefit show an obvious outlet for the local community who were devastated by two bombs near the finish line at the Boston marathon which killed at least three people and injured at least 144 more. One of the dead was an 8-year-old boy, and many had limbs amputated in the aftermath of the attack.

What started as a small show quickly snowballed into an ambitious event with some of Boston's biggest stars, according to Mike Eleftheratos who co-hosts a monthly metal DJ night.

It was set to be a small show at his venue, but local punk legend Keith Bennett from the band Wrecking Crew reached out to his network and they had to find a new venue at the last minute. "Within hours the show had gone from an event that would bring out 70 people to something that would draw more than 700," said Eleftheratos.

Now the event is set for Boston's South Shore Music Hall for what the venue owners are calling "the best show in history."

Converge's Jacob Bannon explains how the funds from the show will be used: "Many don't realize that many affected were not insured ... many insurance companies only offer limited coverage in cases of terrorist attacks. Anything we can do to help those struggle a little less, we will."

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    Are Boston from Boston?
    I've more than a feeling they are.
    ZOSO <(")
    It's been a 'long time' since I've heard a joke that good.
    ZOSO <(")
    I might have to 'hitch a ride' to go see this show.
    ZOSO <(")
    I would stop making these jokes but, 'I think I like it'
    ZOSO <(")
    Okay, I'm done now. I'm 'Feelin satisfied'.
    ZOSO <(")
    I don't know about you guys but 'I had good time' making these jokes.
    ZOSO <(")
    I had a* good time. I was getting carried away with all these jokes. I need to 'Cool the engines'.
    Converge is so amazing live, I HIGHLY recommend seeing them if you haven't already. Just know what you're getting yourself into.
    Its been like that for a long time... I remember seeing Converge for the first time in '94/'95 and I was blown away. So many bands have imitated them but no one's come close.
    Pixies should preform there, just to raise the awesomeness by a mile
    It would be very cool if they did. Or even Frank Black solo would be cool too.
    My favourite Boston band is The Explosion, but I think it would be distasteful for them to do a reunion. Disappointing to not see The Unseen on this line-up.
    i hate the unseen and thats something that im not afraid to say
    What does Iraq have to do with any of this? Oh, nothing? We send tons of money there anyways. So your point is invalid. I understand that numerous people are killed there a day, but this has nothing to do with Iraq this is an event for Boston.
    Aerosmith, Boston, Dropkick Murphys, Howbout them?
    DKM are doing a show Sunday at the House of Blues with State Radio, Big D and the Kids Table, and others, and have already raised $150,000 from the sale of shirts they put online last week. Boston lost Brad Delp in 07 and the surviving members have been having trouble keeping any sort of lineup together for more than a few months, and Aerosmith are currently in Australia.
    Hum how many people died in the boston bombings? Dont more people die in iraq a day? We should have an iraqi benefit concert everyday then.
    It's a bit more of a culture shock when it happens in our country and to boot, 2 women and a child died. When you have terrorists in your own backyard (literally) things get a lot more real suddenly. Besides it's not only the deaths that effect people. There were over 200 casualities and a lot of those were dismemberments. How many families do you think that effected? I, myself, through a series of fortunate events, ended up not being there when I should've been. Maybe you should experience what it's like to be or know a victim of an accident like that and then you might have some appreciation for the people who have endured this. While I'm sure we all very much appreciate what soldiers do over in Iraq, they're there to take lives and in the process, they risk their own. Fair game. No one was at the marathon to risk their lives that day or take anyone else's. That's why this is such a tragic event. Next time, don't be an *****.
    Cool story bro. more people still die in other countries a day x10 due to bombs. You don't understand what i'm saying. entire families completely wiped off the face of the earth who had nothing to do with anything that would concern us. and here we are crying over 3 deaths comming up with controversy theorys, and talking about it 24/7. I'm so sick of it!
    wow, he's being an ***** for trying to shed some light on other just as horrible things that happens around the world? Get off your patriotic horsecock, rvhull.
    Everyone knows this, but as a country you take care of your own. Have you seen the picture of the people in Syria holding the sign in support for Boston? They put up with these bombings daily and are still sending condolences to Boston. Just because more people are dying elsewhere does not mean you ignore the 3 people died. Get a grip man.
    Great... adding more attention to the bombing, what the bombers wanted
    Wow great point. Really, they should just not do it altogether just to spite the bombers right? Get out of here.
    I'm only going if the new kids on the block headline the show. Best punk band from Boston ever!!!
    Keith is a total bro, surprised he's not put PanzerBastard on this but whatever. Gutted I can't make this
    roflmao, you're gutted you cant go see a bunch of nobodies along with 5 other people?
    It would be cool if Isis were to reunite for this show, but regardless this is awesome. It's good to see a scene that's so often put down gather for a good cause like this.