Sunday night at Mad Bob’s Saloon in Manchester the 4th annual John Barton Benefit for the American Diabetes Association took place and rocked the center of Manchester with fitting honors. Barton was a much loved musician and photographer for the area’s music community. With the number of musicians and followers of the area’s music industry participating in the benefit it’s obvious he is still sadly missed.
Aside from the performances, there was plenty of sentiments felt by the non performers as they donated prizes for raffles where the proceeds directly to the Diabetes Association in Barton’s name. Among some of the items being raffled were Guitar from Manchester Music Mill, Hand Drums from Indie Music, Jewelry from Tiger Mountain, Boston Bruins Logo Adirondack chair from Monadnock Outdoor Furniture, Spider-Bite Piercing and Tattoo Angus Gift Certificates, and plenty more.
Some of the performances were from local musicians like Lauren Hurley, Steve Haidaichuk of Mindset X, D-Comp, Fuel of War, American Hellbilly, and Coverslip. [Craving Lucy was on stage at the start of the event and Mongrel closed out the show. Due to circumstances beyond my control I wasn’t able to be in attendance for either performance].
Lauren Hurley, a spirited singer songwriter from Concord, NH had a fantastic performance. Hurley performed her original lyric “Sunday” during her set. When you hear this tune, you’re going to be moved to listen to it over and over again. Hurley had a burning desire to let someone know what was going on in her heart which spilled over into some great music with the lyrics becoming titled “On Fire.” This hot tune is what she chose out her set with. Look for more for this singer song writer in the future.
Steve Haidaichuk of Mindset X, while he admittedly wasn’t used to performing acoustic, poured his soul into an emotional set. Haidaichuk’s set was so full of heart and emotion that it touched you deeply. He made you look forward to his next show.
D-Comp came to the stage with an incredibly heartfelt performance also. They ended their set with a replay of a tune they did at the first annual benefit for John Barton and had a difficult time holding back the emotion as they remembered Barton.
Fuel of War pumped out some fantastic lyrics of their own as they put together their tribute for John. Fuel of War made themselves part of this benefit, not by just performing, but by contributing to the raffle prizes by putting together a package that fans could try for.
When the Rob Zombie tribute band, American Hellbilly, took the stage there was more than just a musical performance taking place, there was a full fledged stage performance taking over the night. Kicking it off with Superbeast and letting loose with a high energy, head banging show that lasted nearly an hour. American Hellbilly had nearly the entire crowd vying for a position stage side to take in the show.
Coverslip was the last band of the evening I had the pleasure of listening to. This was a great ending to my evening at Mad Bobs, and another performance that showed how the love for this past member of the local music community.
This was such a touching evening. There was more going on than just a night of great music. The camaraderie within the local music community is something that is unlike anything else imagined and be you a musician, Radio host, promoter, or photographer, you’re loved, appreciated and connected with. As the evening moved on, you could sense that next year’s benefit is already being thought about and planned for. Keep your eye out for information about the event as it edges nearer.
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