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Esme Barrera

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Ted Leo @ Swan Dive - SXSW 2011

As also just posted on BrooklynVegan, Ted Leo will be flying in to play with Crack Pipes, Golden Boys, and Grape St. for a January 28th benefit for Esme Barrera at Beerland. Ted (and so very many others) have expressed their sorrow and support for Esme's family and friends during such a terrible time.

From Austin360:

Ted Leo will fly in to join the Crack Pipes, the Golden Boys and Grape St. for a benefit show Jan. 28 at Beerland for the fund to defray the costs of services for Esme Barrera, who was killed Jan. 1 while walking home from a show.

No word yet on advance tickets.

Barrera was well-known among her friends as a huge Leo fan. Leo is well-known as a class act. As one friend said on Facebook: "you all should know that Ted Leo actually REQUESTED to play a show for Esme Barrera on the day he found out about the tragedy. Super stand up dude - and I know she would be SO excited." Indeed.

While the tragedy cannot be undone, so many are willing to make sure something positive arises from this senseless loss. Esme clearly touched a great many in the music scene and elsewhere, and it's fitting that those that knew her and others affected support her family and the causes she believed in.

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