When Dan Hosker passed away on August 11, 2012, after a lengthy battle for his life following a freak car accident, South Florida and the world of underground rock 'n' roll lost one of its true guitar heroes. It also lost one of the nicest and most generous members of its community.
Though a profound tragedy, his passing has had a silver lining. It managed to coalesce our music scene into an even more tightly knit group than it was before. His friends, family, and former bandmates from the Holy Terrors, Antipope, and Boise Bob and His Backyard Band, among others, have kept his legacy alive with music, Hosker's love.
This year, the Third Annual Dan Hosker Music Continuum Show will continue to keep his name up in lights and in the hearts of South Floridians, where it belongs. Another special thing that's come from this tragedy is that the show serves as a fundraiser to help Priya Ray, another beloved member of this community, get herself a handicap-accessible van.
Many moons ago, Ray, violinist and vocalist of legendary South Florida experimental avant-garde punk rock outfit Kreamy 'Lectric Santa (KLS), suffered a spinal cord injury and has been wheelchair-bound since. Recently, she participated in a promotion in North Carolina, where she currently resides, that provides differently abled folks with vans for free. There were many deserving folks in the mix, but eventually, it was the democratic process of voting that put the keys into the hands of others. Since, Priya's been raising money to get herself some wheels.
Our homegirl is a fighter and a trooper and has already accomplished so much since her injury (like co-curating the highly enjoyable and well-received 2014 Echos Myron exhibition at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood as well as soldiering on with KLS), but a van would simply improve her life overall.
All Continuum proceeds from the door will go directly to assist her in this endeavor. The suggested door donation is $7, but a $30 donation will get you one of the incredibly limited "I Helped Priya Keep On Trucking" T-shirts designed by another local musical genius and artist, Monströ's Juan Montoya. Be the coolest kid on the block and get there early -- these won't last.
There will be special performances by cowpunk legend Charlie Pickett, world record holders for entertaining Mr. Entertainment and the Pookiesmackers, Hialeah's sole raison d'être Humbert, arepa lovers the Jacuzzi Boys, Boise Bob and His Backyard Band, enfant terrible Ian Hammond, Rat Bastard, and others. In-between music and incidental sounds will be provided by David Lynch look-alike DJ Skidmark.
The Third Annual Dan Hosker Music Continuum Show, 8 p.m. Friday, December 19, at Churchill's Pub, 5501 NE Second Ave., Miami. Suggested donation is $7, but give $30 and get a T-shirt. Call 305-757-1807, or visit churchillspub.com.