Who’s-who of indiedom to perform; tickets will be made available via
Kickstarter.com next Tuesday for the May concert.
By Blurt Staff
On May 6th NYC venue Le Poisson Rouge, Wordless Music and WFMU will be hosting a benefit for New
Zealand musician Chris Knox, who suffered a series of
life-altering strokes last year. The show comes on the heels of Merge Records’ release of Stroke, a double album compilation of
artists covering Knox songs with the proceeds going to benefit him and his
family. All money raised for this event, save for circa $2,500 base costs to
cover direct club expenses, is going straight to the Knox family.
You can read about the Stroke album and Knox’s long,
illustrious career to date at BLURT – contributor Jud Cost interviewed a number
of artists, including the Clean’s Robert Scott, the Chills’ Martin Phillipps, Knox’s Tall Dwarfs partner Alec Bathgate, and
Knox himself (prior to the stroke).
Performers at Le Poisson Rouge will
include Yo La Tengo, Portastatic, Kyp Malone (TV On The Radio), Claudia Gonson (The Magnetic Fields), comedian John Mulaney and Sharon Van Etten. Additionally, New
Zealand will be represented by the
Clean, solo sets by Clean members Robert Scott and David
Kilgour, as well as Dimmer,
whose leader Shayne Carter is
best known on these shores from his years of fronting the seminal Straitjacket
Fits. The night will also include a very short acoustic set by Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel, his first public performance in over a decade.
The event will be partially recorded to broadcast on WFMU at a later date, as well as on New
Zealand community radio stations like Radio 1 in Dunedin.
Tickets will be made available via Kickstarter.com next Tuesday, March 30th. Thre
will also be a separate fundraiser on Kickstarter to cover transport costs for
the artists; people who donate will receive the