Fiery Slits singer
will be feted by a who’s-who of underground luminaries.
By Fred Mills
A benefit in honor of the memory of Slits/True Warriors
frontwoman Ari Up (a/k/a Ariane Forster) will take place Jan. 16 at the Music Hall of Williamsburg
in Brooklyn. The flamboyant musician passed
away, reportedly from cancer, on October 20; read the Blurt obituary as well as
a lengthy interview conducted with her several years ago. The event will be a
benefit for Ari’s family.
Vivien Goldman, Dunia Best, Aram Sinnreich and friends are
throwing a “PUNKY REGGAE PARTY” featuring a host of musicians: original and
current members of the Slits, including Tessa Pollitt, Hollie Cook, Neneh
Cherry and Anna Ozawa; Bruce Smith of PiL and the Slits; members of the
Slackers, Brave New Girl, and Band Droidz; legendary Beefheart guitarist
Gary Lucas, Afro-Punk avatar Tamar-Kali, King Django, Felice Rosser of Faith,
Honeychild Coleman, Barbara Gogan, Sherelene Nubro, Lisa Samuels and many
luminaries from the punk and reggae worlds. They’ll be backed by the True
Warriors performing classic Slits hits and dancehall originals by Ari Up. Also
taking place will be lyrical Readings
by Michael Patrick McDonald and Greg Tate.
Details and ticketing info http://bit.ly/ariupshow .