May 2, 2013 12:18 AM by Rebecca Taylor

Musicians in Tucson raise money for Boston and West, Texas victims

TUCSON - Local musicians were performing for a cause Wednesday night.

The Hut on Fourth Avenue hosted a benefit fundraiser for victims of the Boston bombing and West, Texas tragedies.

Admission was a $10 donation.

The crowd was grooving to 70s rock, funk and the blues.

Social media helped spread the word.

Concert organizer Leah Vidal says, "I was like there's got to be something we can do, and I know Tucson is such a great giving community, and I posted in on Facebook and it just snowballed into this."

"And when I saw Leah's plead on Facebook saying we really need to do something for the victims in Boston and the West, Texas explosion, I said why not put together a benefit concert," explains Tucsonan Frank Ramos.

Organizers say when our nation suffers a tragedy, Tucsonans feel the pain.

Ramos adds, "When someone's hurting in another part of the US or the world, I feel for them and I want to do something to help."

Randy Clamons is with the band Top Dead Center, he's organized a few benefits in his day.

"There's a personal satisfaction, even if we don't raise a bunch of money here, we did what we could to help," says Clamons.

Through silent auction, tickets and keg sales this group knows what it means to give back. And have fun doing it.

"So all you got to do is come down and drink to help out," says Clamons.

Vidal says, "It's very exciting and humbling to see that Tucson has such generous people, I'm just amazed."

Proceeds will be donated to victims through World Care, a local non-profit.


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