In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing tragedy on April 15, Bostonians have rallied around each other in many ways. The latest effort comes from Boston musical artists Aerosmith and James Taylor, whom Rolling Stone reports will take the reigns for a special benefit concert called “Boston Strong: An Evening of Support and Celebration”, slated to take place May 30 at Boston’s TD Garden.
Other Boston and Massachusetts-based acts already confirmed on the bill include New Kids On the Block, J. Geils Band, Extreme, Godsmack, and of course, Boston. Cambridge-born comedians Steven Wright and Dane Cook will also perform. Not restricted to Bostonians, the benefit will feature additional appearances by Jason Aldean, Carole King and Jimmy Buffett, with other bands/artists still to be announced.
The Boston Strong benefit will be raising funds for One Fund Boston, a special charity fund set up by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino to assist the victims of the bombing. Tickets will go on sale May 6, and will be available through Ticketmaster or the TD Garden box office. Get the latest information on the Boston Strong event by visiting the event website. If you’d like to make a donation to One Fund, click here.
The Boston Strong concert benefit isn’t the only effort by the music community to assist the Boston Marathon bombing victims. After the incident, Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” (a song widely associated with the Boston Red Sox) saw sales increase by 600 percent since the bombing. Diamond has pledged to donate the proceeds of these sales to One Fund.