Further Seems Forever, Members of Sense Field Lead Jon Bunch Memorial Show in Philadelphia
It has been a brutal year with the deaths of many influential rock stars, and the late January passing of Sense Field and Further Seems Forever vocalist Jon Bunch took many by surprise. Bunch died at the age of 45 on Jan. 31 in Irvine, Calif. and many of his peers expressed their admiration for Bunch upon hearing the news. But deciding more needed to be done to honor the singer, a number of acts have decided to perform a memorial show in honor of Jon Bunch at Philadelphia's TLA on June 25.
The evening will serve as a benefit for Bunch's young son, Jack Bunch. Back in March, there was a West Coast benefit that raised over $30,000 for Jack's future education and the upcoming gig will add to that amount.
Confirmed performers for the "Remembering the Life and Love of Jon Bunch" memorial show include Further Seems Forever, the living members of Sense Field with a variety of guests vocalists that include The Color Fred's Fred Masherino, The Starting Line's Kenny Vasoli, Texas Is the Reason's Garrett Klahn, Lifetime's Ari Katz, Into Another Richie Birkenhead, Gameface's Jeff Caudill and Farside's Popeye. You'll also get an acoustic set from Texas Is the Reason, sets from Dave Smalley (performing songs from Dag Nasty, ALL and Down By Law), Vision, War Generation (with guest vocalist XX), Second Letter and Running From Dharma.
"Some of the best and most memorable shows we played were at Philadelphia venues like the First Unitarian Church, The Trocadero and the TLA," said Sense Field guitar player Rodney Sellars. "It’s incredibly bittersweet that we would return to Philadelphia twelve years later to play one final show, in the memory of Jon, who we wish more than anything was still with us. Instead we’ll honor his memory and help support his family the best way we know how."
"Jon Bunch was an incredible person who brought a light into this world that will never go out," added Further Seems Forever’s Derick Cordoba. "Unfortunately, he is gone, and we felt that it’s important to celebrate his life and his music, raise money for his son and honor him by playing the music we were privileged to make with him, and that’s what we are here to do."
"It's really an honor to be asked to play this show," commented Dag Nasty, ALL, Down By Law singer Dave Smalley. "It's a great thing to remember great people like Jon, and music that mattered to so many. Jon was a musician who even in the brutal genre of music we are in, pushed boundaries. While I know there is sadness at the reason for this concert, there should also be joy because music lives on and will continue to make a difference. RIP bro. We exist for a moment only, and you made yours count."
Bunch primarily served as the frontman for Sense Field, but in 2004 he made the jump over to Further Seems Forever for their album Hide Nothing. He remained with Further Seems Forever until 2006. In 2013, Bunch resurfaced as the frontman for a post-hardcore band called War Generation and his final project was a group named Lucky Scars.
Tickets for the Jon Bunch Memorial show at Philadelphia's Theatre of Living Arts can be purchased here.
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