Hardcore Benefit for the Smart Family
Friday, May 13th, Clementon, NJ
By Alex Bradley
Josh Smart has made the hardcore community his home for the last 10 years, and the hardcore community is now giving back to him and his family. In April 2014, Josh’s father was diagnosed with stage 4 Lymphoma, as well as Adenocarcinoma, and his father was given 6 months to live. His family was led to believe that his father would be able to undergo surgery, but was then diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. His father was told by the doctors that there was nothing left that they could do for him. In July 2014, Josh and his wife got engaged, and his father told him that he will be at their wedding no matter what. The wedding was in December of 2015, and his father kept his promise and was able to make it.
“He lived two years and three days past his initial diagnosis. Him fighting well past his expected time of living really showed me how much heart and will to live my father had. Luckily, I have great friends and the hardcore scene to support me and my family through this.” - Josh Smart
This show will be at Harper’s Pub. It is located at 1 Gibbsboro Rd. Clementon, NJ, and will be on Friday May 13th. The doors for the show will be opening at 5pm, with bands beginning at 6pm. There will be a $10 donation fee at the door. Many people have worked very hard to deliver an incredible lineup that includes Crooked Society (DEHC), Tourniquet (NJHC), Guttersnipe (NJHC), Dissent (NJHC), Doubledealer (PAHC), Laid 2 Rest (CTHC), as well as one of Josh’s favorite bands (and New Jersey Hardcore’s finest), Lifeless. There will be plenty of raffles to participate in. Anne Spina, from Harvcore records, will be raffling her band photo prints. Cursed Mentality clothing brand will have a table where they will be selling their merchandise. There will also be a gift certificate from an event planning store, and also a gift certificate for a professional photographer will be available. People will be selling their used merch, and donating the proceeds made. Various bands have donated some of their CD’s to be sold. The band Dissent, who is on the show, will be donating their merch sales towards the cause. To make things sweet, there will also be a bake sale throughout this event.
There have been many benefit shows in these past few months. The music community of New Jersey is such a caring and generous group of people. All of these different scenes are coming together to help out those in need, and it’s an incredible display of the beautiful side of humanity. Be sure to come out this Friday, May 13th, to Harper’s Pub in Clementon, NJ. (*PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN THE PRODUCE JUNCTION PARKING LOT, YOUR CAR WILL BE TOWED.*)
About the Writer
Alex Bradley is a student at Camden County College. For years she has been attending local shows and much larger concerts. At only 18-years-old, with a passion for music and all things included, she has been consistently booking performances under Grandaire Booking, both around Hammonton, NJ and also at Coffee Works Too. With years of experience under her belt already of being involved in the local music scene, Alex is beginning to book her own shows independently as well as writing about her experiences and adding music journalism to her repertoire.