Street Dogs to lead special benefit concert for fallen firefighters

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As the city continues to mourn the loss of two courageous firefighters, the music community is coming together to raise funds for the Lieutenant Walsh – Firefighter Kennedy Memorial Fund, established by the Boston Firefighters Credit Union. Bowery Boston, with support from the Boston Fire Department’s Ladder 14 and Engine 41 staff, will host a benefit concert at Great Scott in Allston on Tuesday, April 22. Hometown favorites Street Dogs will headline the show, which will also feature Avoid One Thing, Ducky Boys, Lenny Lashley’s Gang Of One, The Welch Boys, Burning Streets, and Duck and Cover.

VIP tickets for the show, which will include a signed limited silk screen poster from the bands and a t-shirt, are now on sale for $75. Additional general admission tickets will go on sale Thursday at noon through TicketWeb for $30.

***Update: In only a few hours, all tickets for the show on April 22 have been sold. Organizers have now added a second performance, which will take place at The Sinclair in Harvard Square on Wednesday, April 23. Street Dogs, Avoid One Thing, Slapshot, Ducky Boys, The Strat Bullets and The Old Edison will perform. Tickets for the show will go on sale Thursday at noon through Ticketmaster for $35 and will be sold as Will Call pick-up only.

Along with enjoying the great music, attendees will be encouraged to purchase raffle tickets to support the cause. Organizers have already lined up raffle items from the Dropkick Murphys, Rancid, Swingin Utters, Boston Red Sox, Boston Bruins, Bowery Boston with many more to be added.

For the Street Dogs, the benefit is something near and dear to the heart of frontman Mike McColgan. The singer left the Dropkick Murphys in 1998 to pursue his childhood dream of becoming a firefighter. He served four years on the Boston Fire Department before leaving the department to focus again on music full-time with the Street Dogs.

The show will also mark Avoid One Thing’s first live performance in ten years. The band is led by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones bassist Joe Gittleman.

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