HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Local musicians are hosting a benefit concert Friday in honor a man killed in a crash in Hampton.
The “Let the Good Times Roll” benefit concert will be held at the Soul N the Wall restaurant located at 1899 N. Armistead Avenue. It will start at 7 p.m. Friday.
The concert is in honor of 69-year-old Alexander Hundley, who died following a two-vehicle crash in Hampton on Jan. 27.
Police say the call for the crash came in around 10:47 p.m., in the 1600 block of West Pembroke Avenue.
When officers arrived, they found Hundley – pronounced dead at the scene – and a woman sent to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Hundley was a pivotal member of the Hampton Roads music scene and was a mentor to many people, including local drummer Joey Pegram.
“He was a major influence on how I play because of what I’ve seen him do … and for him to be gone right now is … I don’t even know how to put it into words, ” Pegram said.
Pegram is one of the many musicians who will be playing Friday to celebrate Hundley’s life.
He said he and other local musicians started planning the benefit just a day after word spread of the tragic car accident.
“The music community in this area is very close knit and we want to try and take care of our own,” Pegram said.
The news of Hundley’s passing devastated Pegram, who thought of his as part of his family.
“I’m still a little lost, but I was just numb,” Pegram said. “It was, although he wasn’t a family member, it was just like losing a family member.”
He said it was important to hold the event because musicians typically don’t have coverage for these kinds of tragedies.
“There’s no set up insurance for full time musicians and that’s nationally,” Pegram said. “There’s no retirement funds for any of that, so we just have to pitch in and take care of our own.”
Pegram said even though this event is specific to Alexander Hundley, anyone is welcome to come out to jam to the music and contribute to the fund for his funeral costs.
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