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Remembering a Holy Terror

If you threw a rock in Miami in the 1990s, you could have struck a band that counted guitarist Dan Hosker as a member: the Laundry Room Squelchers, the Bikes, Aquafly, the Girls Named Lourdes and, of larger renown, the Holy Terrors, a punk act featuring drummers Sam Fogarino (now of Interpol) and, later, Mike Bocsusis, bassist William Trev and childhood friend Rob Elba.

The memories, reputation and legacy of Hosker, who passed away in August 2012 from injuries sustained in a car accident, will be celebrated during this weekend's second annual Dan Hosker Music Continuum Show at the venue the Holy Terrors inhabited the most: Churchill's Pub in Miami. Elba, a co-organizer, says the benefit will continue raising funds for a music scholarship created in Hosker's memory, to be handed to deserving high school students at Peabody, Massachusetts' Bishop Fenwick High School, the guitarist's alma mater.

"Dan never had kids, so it's up to his friends to keep his name alive, or else his name is going to die with us. So we take this real seriously," says Elba, who credits Steven Toth of Mr. Entertainment and the Pookiesmackers and Frank "Rat Bastard" Falestra as the benefit's co-creators. "This whole weekend is going to be fun, because we're doing a lot of collaborating. It's definitely in honor of Dan, because he played with just about everyone."

The 20-year reign of the Terrors in South Florida will no doubt be discussed at the Dan Hosker Music Continuum Show, two nights that promise a host of punk, noise and rock acts. One story that may come up has been well told among friends and family of the band: Before trading snowy Boston for the South Florida punk scene in 1990, Elba and Hosker performed as Inside Outburst, a short-lived outfit whose highlights included a gig at CBGB, and a memorable run-in with "some New York dude" with a "big smile, bobbing his head to the rhythm." He looked suspiciously like bassist Dee Dee Ramone.

"He just wandered in. We all said, "Whoa — that guy looks like Dee Dee,' " Elba recalls with a laugh. "That excited the hell out of us. He liked our stuff."

He says the Continuum scholarship has raised $3,150 since Hosker's sister, Chris Hosker-O'Brien, founded it in 2012. To keep the generosity flowing, Elba, Toth and Falestra have freshened the lineup this year with one-off band mashups: including A Love Supreme Sextet (the Pookiesmackers with jazz instrumentalist Kenny Millions); Alcoholic Work Truck (Ray "Fang" Henry, Henry Rajan and Chris Spano); and the Shark Dust Quitters (Elba's own Shark Valley Sisters, Russell Mofsky's surf-rock trio Gold Dust Lounge, Juan Montoya and members of the Miami pop-punk act Quit). Another band, A Terrible Thing, will consist of Terrors members Elba, Fogarino and Trev, tambourine player Brandon Samdahl and 20-year-old guitarist Joe O'Brien, Hosker's nephew.

"We'll be playing a lot of Dan's songs, and Neil Young, because Dan dug Neil," Elba says. "We'll be doing things you can't really picture, and it may be a train wreck, but at least it'll look cool."

Second annual Dan Hosker Music Continuum Show

When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, and 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8

Where: Churchill's Pub, 5501 NE Second Ave., Miami

Cost: $5 suggested donation

Contact: 305-757-1807 or

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