Boston Marathon Benefit in Hull 5-5-13

May 7, 2013

Music & Entertainment

Ever since the horrific events of April 15th, there have been many benefits arranged to help raise money for the victims of this tragedy. Besides the 3 who were killed in the attacks and the MIT officer who was killed, there were also hundreds who were injured to one extent or another. These people have started to face an uphill battle to get back to as normal a life as possible. The sad reality of this is that the medical bills that have arisen from the injuries at the attacks will not be going anywhere anytime soon. This is why it is so important to help out those folks.

I attended one such benefit this past Sunday afternoon at The C-Note on Nantasket Beach in Hull. The event was organized by Randy Connolly, front man of the band The Krazy Ivans. His band was joined by the acoustic due Bonfire and The Dave Foley Band. I did not get a total of the donations that was raised, but I believe it was in the $300 range from a 50-50 raffle and some silent auction items.

First up was Bonfire. Bonfire is Billy Mahoney and Stephen North. They also play in the country band Tattoo Cowboy who have appeared at Player’s a few times since their inception this past February. Billy and “Northy” combine smooth harmonies along with their keen guitar work for an enjoyable experience. These two guys are a couple of the hardest working musicians on the South Shore. This Sunday was their 3rd night in a row playing out either as Bonfire or with their Tattoo Cowboy brethren. Any opportunity you have to see either act is well worth your while.

Next up was The Dave Foley Band. It was my first time seeing these guys, but I’ve heard great things about them. They focus country, rockabilly and rock and roll back from the 60′s and do it with a fun flair. The band is Dave Foley on guitar and vocals, Rich Holbrook on the upright bass and Duke on drums. I’m sorry that I couldn’t remember or locate Duke’s last name. They usually stick up to the Boston area, but do play on the South Shore on occasion. They are very entertaining and accomplished as I believe Dave and Rich have been playing together since the mid-late 90′s from what I’ve been able to ascertain. They are another group that is a sure-fire bet to have a great night out dancing the night away.

The last band was The Krazy Ivans. This is the band that is fronted by the event organizer, Randy Connolly. The rest of the band is Fred “fj Roundtwo” Meltzer on drums, Mark Silva on guitar and Mike Travers on bass. The Krazy Ivans have been around for a few years now and have had changes in personnel during that time, but this incarnation seems to have hit the mark. They play classic rock from bands such as Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, The Black Crowes and Cheap Trick. The have a lot of energy and thrive on crowd interaction to help make for a fun night out.

For more information on how you can help out the Marathon victims, please consider giving to the One Fund. Click here to find out more.