What defines a local music scene, really? Is it the musicians, the venues, the fans? Or is it all of those things, set to music?
I'd like to think that a good local scene has a lot of those elements working in tandem. But that in the end, it is the musicians and their music who bring together an ad hoc army under a unifying tent of true community.
South Florida's music scene is special in the sense that while large and diverse, there have always been a few individuals who acted as glue to many. Dan Hosker was one of those people. An energetic guitar force with a seemingly endless fountain of energy, he propelled classic outfits like the Holy Terrors, Harry Pussy, the Laundry Room Squelchers, and, most recently, Boise Bob and His Backyard Band.
To say many will miss him is underselling the point. This past May, Hosker was involved in a pretty bad late-night car accident that landed him in Broward General Medical Center in a coma. Many had hoped for this trying period to end and a realistically hard recovery to ensue.
Unfortunately, Dan Hosker, local guitar legend, passed away this past Saturday at age 46.
South Florida's underground music scene has lost one of its most pivotal and hard-working members. Although I'm not well-versed enough to wax at length about Harry Pussy or the Laundry Room Squelchers, I do know plenty about the Holy Terrors. One of my first writing gigs with this publication was a review of their retrospective/discography CD This Is What It Sounds Like When You're Dead, and it is an album that I have enjoyed many times since.
The Holy Terrors - "Angel Killer"
The Holy Terrors - "Cigaretello"
Dan & Rob - "Never Talking to You Again" (Hüsker Dü cover), Yesterday & Today Records, Miami.
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