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Mission of Burma - Somerville Local First Benefit Concent

Somerville Local First today is proud to announce that Mission of Burma will be headlining a benefit show on Sunday, February 9th at the Regent Theatre in Arlington, MA.

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Somerville, MA, January 6, 2014 - The Regent Theatre in Arlington and Somerville Local First announced today that renowned post punk band Mission of Burma will be playing a benefit concert for Somerville Local First on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at the Regent Theatre in Arlington. This will be Mission of Burma’s first Boston show in over a year and the only area scheduled performance in 2014.


See large show poster at bottom of page!

See large show poster at bottom of page!

Mission of Burma’s performance kicks off the first annual benefit show for Somerville Local First, a non-profit organization committed to supporting a diverse economy in Somerville Massachusetts that is local, sustainable and fair. Funds raised from this concert will help support Somerville Local First’s efforts to help launch and nurture the development of independent businesses in the city.

Minibeast, featuring Peter Prescott of Mission and Burma and Bugs and Rats, from Quincy, MA, open. Doors are 7 PM with showtime at 7:30 PM. This is an all ages show. Beer and wine will be available for purchase by those 21 and over with proper I.D.  Tickets are $27.00 and $22.00 (includes $3.00 restoration fee) and can be purchased through the Regent Theatre Arlington online or at their box office located at 7 Medford Street in Arlington, MA, (781) 646-4849.

“I’m so excited and honored that Mission of Burma is lending their time and influence to the local movement. As local heroes themselves it’s great that they are supporting us in our mission to provide assistance to locally owned, independent businesses in Somerville.” said Kat Rutkin, Executive Director of Somerville Local First.

Leland Stein, Manager of the Arlington Theatre added, “I’ve been a big fan of Mission of Burma since its early days and very excited that the Regent is hosting this as our first major concert event of the new year. And, as supporter of the “shop local” movement - and the co-owner of a business that contributes significantly to the local economy - the fact that it’s a benefit for Somerville Local First is a bonus.”

Mission of Burma

Roger Miller (vocals, guitar) Clint Conley (vocals, bass) Peter Prescott (vocals, drums) and Martin Swope (loops) initially formed this internationally known post-punk band in 1979. They reunited in 2002 after a nearly 20-year hiatus with Bob Weston replacing Swope.

Widely credited with influencing bands such as Nirvana, the Pixies, R.E.M., Sonic Youth, and Yo La Tengo among others, Mission of Burma have released five studio albums - Vs., ONoffON, The Obliterati, The Sound The Speed The Light and Unsound and their live album, The Horrible Truth about Burma – all to critical acclaim. They have also issued the Signals, Calls and Marches EP and a number of singles. Unsound, their latest album, was released last year.

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The musical creation of Peter Prescott, (Mission of Burma, Volcano Suns, Kustomized and Peer Group), Minbeast combines surf, psych, punk, easy listening, 60’s children’s music, and soundtrack influences to create instrumental soundscapes. Minibeast released their first self-titled vinyl album this year and became a four piece rock unit to play live performances. Prescott is joined by Gillian Chadwick (guitar), Alec Redfearn (bass) and Rick Pelletier (percussion).

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Bugs and Rats

Hailing from Quincy, Massachusetts and “making childish noise since 2003”, Bugs and Rats is Shawnie Brando (guitar/vocals), Kellzo (drums) and Radek Weirzbowski (bass). Playing together since high school, Bugs and Rats music supports liberation of the soul through their uncompromising adherence to unforgiving minimalism. Bugs and Rats have released three albums, Smart as a Whip (2004), Adidas (2010), and Get That F***ing Light Outta My Face (2012) as well as a number of singles and EPs. They plan on wrapping up a new record this winter, which moves their sound into even louder, harsher territory.

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About Somerville Local First

Celebrating all things local, Somerville Local First is a non-profit organization that is committed to supporting a diverse economy in Somerville Massachusetts that is local, sustainable and fair. Its mission is to increase the ability of independent businesses to thrive in our community by supporting one another while protecting the well-being of future generations. Somerville Local First’s efforts make it possible for local dollars to work harder. For every $100 spent locally, it generates an additional $45 in secondary spending versus $14 from big box stores.

About the Regent Theatre Arlington

The Mission of Burma Benefit Concert for Somerville Local First will be presented at the historic Regent Theatre located at 7 Medford Street (off Massachusetts Avenue) in Arlington, Massachusetts. Conveniently located minutes from Cambridge and Boston, the Regent is MBTA and handicap accessible with free parking in the municipal parking lot across the street. Reserved seats may be purchased for $22 or $27 online at, by calling 781-646-4849, or in person at the Regent Theatre box office. This is an all ages event, but beer and wine will be available for purchase to those 21 and over with proper I.D.

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