Three area bands, TheCovenant, Summit 332 and Set to Fail have joined together to present ‘Defend Dallas,’ a benefit concert to honor fallen officers in the Dallas shooting that occurred July 7.
On July 7, Micah Xavier Johnson ambushed and fired upon a group of police officers in Dallas, Texas, killing five officers and injuring nine others. Two bystanders were also wounded. The shooting happened at the end of a peaceful Black Lives Matter organized protest against police killings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, which had occurred in the preceding days.
The shooting was the deadliest incident for U.S. law enforcement since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, surpassing two March 2009 shootings in Oakland, California, and a November 2009 ambush shooting in Lakewood, Washington, both of which killed four officers.
The ‘Defend Dallas,’ concert will take place on July 29 in the Sodexo Ballroom located on the second floor of Shawnee State’s University Center. There will be a meet and greet at 8 p.m. prior to the 8:30 performance.
“TheCovenant is my band,” said guitarist Clifton Ross. “We’re all Christians who like to do hardcore music. We just like to make heavy music and make it mean something. If you listen to our music, you might not realize our religious beliefs, but we try to make every song have a purpose. We don’t want to just make music, we want to make music, we want to create a message encouraging people. It’s our responsibility as local musicians to use our platform to benefit others.”
There will be no ticket fees, but a minimum donation of $1 is required at the door.
Law enforcement officials are admitted for free with showing of badge or alternate ID.
All donations will be distributed to the families of officers Brent Thompson, Patrick Zamarripa, Michael Kroll, Michael Smith and Lorne Ahrens.
“When TheCovenant was conceptualized, it was never about us. I know that sounds cliche and a lot of bands say, ‘oh we just do it for the music,’ but that’s the truth,” said Ross.
“When we started this band, we realized we’re here in Portsmouth, Ohio, and to some people, Portsmouth isn’t the greatest city. But it has it’s moments and we wanted to make more of those moments happen. We just want to give back and make a difference in whatever way we can.”
For more information, you can find the event on Facebook by searching ‘DEFEND DALLAS: A benefit show,” or by searching for the band’s pages, “Summit 332,” TheCovenant,” and “Set to Fail.”
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