Locals pack Pour House for benefit concert for Emanuel 9

VIDEO: Crowd turns out for benefit concert at Charleston Pour House
Photo Source: Live 5
Photo Source: Live 5
Photo Source: Live 5
Photo Source: Live 5

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A local bar is coping with the death of the nine victims of the Mother Emanuel AME shooting by trying to give back.

The Charleston Pour House threw a benefit concert Tuesday night.

All the money raised from ticket sales, food, beverages, tips and more will go to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund.

"We wanted to give the music community a chance to share their unity towards the community and try to help out as much as we could," Josh Hamrick, the bar manager at the Charleston Pour House, said.

Twenty-five acts performed at the "Don't Tell Me This Town Ain't Got No Heart," concert for a sold out crowd at the James Island location.

"Music touches everybody's hearts in some way, shape or form," Hamrick said. "Everybody has got their favorite song, everybody has got their favorite band. It's an easy outlet to get out and get their emotions, and get through times like this."

Families turn out for the night long event.

Hamrick said its been a very busy couple of days putting the rundown together.

Usually they spend a month trying to coordinate plan for one act to perform.

Dealing with 25 acts in five days was a bigger challenge for them, but one they took on with confidence.

The goal is to raise $50,000 from the concert.

"It's awesome." Chris Meteraud, who attended the concert, said. "For any organization in Charleston, any people that are bringing people together, everything is just totally appreciated as a Charlestonian."

"We're super excited about all the support we've gotten from the community," Hamrick said. "It's been amazing, more than we could ever ask for. We just appreciate everyone's involvement."

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