UPDATE 3/27/2018:

Taphouse 1637 went live today to announce how much money was raised during the benefit there on Sunday. Taphouse 1637 also noted that the Willey family was in attendance. Watch below to hear how much was raised for the victims and family of the GMHS tragedy:

In times of tragedy, communities find a way to come together to heal. Southern Maryland is no different. After Tuesday’s senseless shooting at Great Mills High School that has left us without two young lives and a third changed forever, we all continue to struggle and cope with understanding it.

In a true Southern Maryland way, music is one of our greatest tools to coming together, supporting each other and healing. This Sunday, March 25, 2018, some of Southern Maryland’s greatest musicians are coming together to raise money for the victims and the victim’s families at Taphouse 1637 in California, MD.

Wes Ryce

The event is being put on by Matthew Stearns and is scheduled to be a beer pong tournament. Local musician Wes Ryce was asked to play during the event on Tuesday. “ I got home from my Tequila Grill gig, and while scrolling Facebook I saw the news.  It’s crushed me. Immediately after posting my feelings for the family, Matthew Stearns asked if I was available Sunday to play music during the beer pong tournament at the Taphouse. I then sent out texts and within 10 minutes had three other artists on board. By 9:00 a.m. this morning, the others had reached to me and our lineup doubled. There will be additional special guests also.  The fact that SoMD can put a musical lineup of that caliber together from midnight to 9 a.m., is a magnificent testament to how strong Southern Maryland is”, says Ryce.

As the day continued, the other local musicians joining in grew substantially.  Long-time SoMD musician, Jay Shade, of Craze Live Tonight and Just Push Play ,will be joining in and said, “ I am humbled to be a part of this great event. We are all family here in Southern Maryland, and to see these musicians come together to help the families and victims of this horrible tragedy is amazing. There isn’t anything I can say to take the pain away from the victims, but I hope that we can maybe raise a few bucks to ease the financial burden to these families and show that we can all come together to overcome anything through the power of music.”


Another local masterpiece playing is Nightcap, consisting of Tara Rae and Sean. “ It’s nothing short of amazing to see the community come together in the wake of tragedy. We support our own. The fact that this benefit was thrown together so quickly, and without a second thought, shows there is still humanity left in the world. And it’s right in our backyard”, says Rae.

“Southern Maryland has always been a supportive, tight knit area. And I’m proud to be a part of the music scene, alongside of all these musicians who never fail to show their support to one another or to the community we live in”, continued Rae.

Stearns who organized the Beer Pong Tournament said, ” It really means the world to me to see the community rally together so fast.” When seeing the list of performers Ryce assembled so fast, he noted,” these are some of the biggest Southern Maryland Musicians around.”

Mike Dameron of Iz’em and Bye Felicia says, “ It breaks my heart to see this kind of thing happen in the place where I’ve grown up. Music has always helped me through tough times so I want to perform to raise money and to hopefully raise awareness. “

Mike Dameron

“The community of Southern Maryland has a way of coming together for each other in tragic events and it’s really incredible to have grown up in a place that looks after one another like that. Thanks to all of the musicians, and thanks to Taphouse 1637 and staff, for helping put this together. Hopefully awareness and events like this will help us take a step forward to prevent this kind of tragedy.”

Drivin Muzzy

Local heavyweights, Drivin’ Muzzy , are also scheduled to play, and lead singer, Donald Quade says, “ It’s a true tragedy with what happened. No parent should have to worry when their child is in a public place of education. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the families affected. It is our job now as a community in Southern Maryland to rally and support these families like we know how. That is one thing about Southern Maryland… no matter what’s going on in the world, whether it’s problems with religion, race, gender preference, whatever the case may be, we in Southern Maryland stay grounded.

“We are a tight-knit community to where none of those things matter; what color you are, what you believe in, you are respected and treated just like everyone else. And times like these are when we show our strength the most. We as a Southern Maryland community, will rally behind these families affected and help them through this horrible time. We Are All One Southern Maryland. So today, we are going to show you a little bit of what I mean. God bless all of the music acts that are playing today. Thank you to The TapHouse for holding this event. And again our love and support is overflowing to all families involved in the horrific event that took place at Great Mills High School.”

Along with the above-mentioned artists, Philip Michael Parsons, John Hunt, Outside the Wire and some yet to be named artists are tentatively scheduled to perform.

The tournament is scheduled to start at 2:00 p.m. with live music beginning at 12:00 p.m. There will be a $20.00 donation per team with also 50% of all sales being donated to the victims and their families.