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Abstract Series 384 - BENEFIT FOR SISCO/CIBULSKY Part 2





By Gerald M. Lehane


A time travel experiment last year proved so effective that once again Boston rock giants of the 80s and 90s are reuniting on stage. Jerry Lehane of the legendary Dogmatics, inspired to help out in the fight against cancer, has reached out to Boston musicians to present two nights of music as a benefit to those in need and the community has rallied for two benefit shows.


The shows will be held at Johnny D’s Uptown Restaurant and Music Club in Somerville and mc'd by the charismatic Patrick McGrath. Appearing Friday night are The Flies, Bristols, Piranha Brothers, Sourpuss and the Hired Men. Appearing Saturday night are Dogmatics, New Frustrations,White Dynomite, Lucky 88's, and Lenny Lashley. The members of these bands have appeared in 21645, Scruffy the Cat, The Upper Crust, Titanics, Neats, Lyres, Turbines, DYS, Darkbuster, Matweeds, Darlings, the Piss Poor Boys, Classic Ruins, and Shaggahs -- to name a few. The exciting news for Boston rock fans is the reunion of Homestead recording artists, The Flies, featuring Nat Freedberg on lead vocals and guitar (Freedberg went on to find further success with Titanics and the Upper Crust.) In addition, The Dogmatics, legendary fixtures of the 80s Kenmore Square rock scene, are also reuniting for the benefit.


The shows take place Friday July 27 and Saturday July 28 at 9 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.) at the Johnny D’s Uptown Restaurant and Music Club, 17 Holland Street, Somerville. Tickets can be purchased online here, and in advance for $16 at the club(call club for days and time available) and if still available, $20 the night of the show. The show is 21+. Proceeds go to benefit the Pan Mass Challenge and local musician Peter Sisco. According to Dogmatic Jerry Lehane, “My mother-in-law recently passed away from cancer. My sister-in-law Sue Cibulsky rode the PMC in her honor. Sue is riding again this year, now in her mother's memory. I have other friends who are riding, and my good friend Pete Sisco has recently been diagnosed with cancer. Last year I decided to see if we could make a benefit show work, and it succeeded beyond our expectations. So, this year I asked my friends again, and since we’ve all been affected by cancer, everyone was willing to help. I can’t believe we got the Flies to reunite; it is going to be great.”


Pete Sisco was a fixture of the Boston scene in the early 90s. Pete grew up in Norwich CT and attended Boston University from 86-90. He entered the Boston rock scene playing drums for Red Tide and The Landsharks, but most will know him as a founding member of Jerry Lehane’s Hotbox with Pete Mulford and Frank Pagliughi, as well as a regular at JJ Foleys, Father’s II, and the Rat. Pete continued his Boston associations when he left for San Francisco in 1993 and joined Johnny Angel (Thrills, The Blackjacks) in Creeps in Exile. Pete has been diagnosed with follicular lymphoma and appreciates the support of the Boston music community as it will lighten the burden of ongoing tests and treatments.

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