Music Festivals

Why there's a benefit tonight in Denver for victims of the drunk driving accident at SXSW

In the early hours of Thursday, March 13, 2014, a drunk driver injured 23 people and killed two at SXSW. There has been an outpouring of national support for the victims of the incident, and today it comes from Colorado. A benefit show called SXSW Cares is being held at the hi-dive tonight, May 30, featuring performances with Esmé Patterson, Emerald Siam, Straight Outta Luck, Dwayne and Calder's Revolvers, with a raffle for SXSW 2015 passes as well as numerous other prizes.

Josiah Albertsen was at SXSW hosting a panel on the subject of money and the music industry. The night of the incident, Albertsen was attending a Cheap Girls show at Red 7 with Joe Gittleman from The Mighty Mighyy Bosstones, who wandered off before the show was over. They made plans to get coffee the next morning.

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.