Entries tagged with: Patti Smith
Patti Smith at Carnegie Hall (more by Chris La Putt)
Park Slope venue Southpaw will host Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers, Outernational, and Patti Smith & Lenny Kaye on November 11th. Tickets for this 21+ acoustic Fortnight Journal Benefit are on sale. The show is one of four upcming dates for Patti Smith, who will also play a trio of sold-out dates at Bowery Ballroom leading up to the new year (12/29, 12/30, 12/31).
The Southpaw show is one of two lined up for Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers, who will play Pianos three days prior with Zambri and Arpline as part of a residency for Hooray for Earth who are also on the bill. A few weeks later, they'll hit the road with a reunited Cornershop to play a string of dates, but will not be on board when the band plays Irving Plaza (on 11/19, tickets).
All Shilpa Ray dates and some video from their appearance at Knitting Factory during CMJ is below...
Patti Smith and Her Band will return to Bowery Ballroom at the end of 2010 for what is currently a run of three shows: December 29th ($40), December 30th ($40), and December 31st (New Years Eve) ($55). Tickets for all three NYC dates go on sale Friday at noon. As usual, no openers are listed.
As usual you also won't have to wait that long to catch a taste of Patti. She is one of many taking part in a John Lennon Tribute at Beacon Theater on November 12th. You can also pick up a copy of her new book, Just Kids, pictured above.
"Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe weren't always famous, but they always thought they would be. They found each other, adrift but determined, on the streets of New York City in the late '60s and made a pact to keep each other afloat until they found their voices--or the world was ready to hear them. Lovers first and then friends as Mapplethorpe discovered he was gay, they divided their dimes between art supplies and Coney Island hot dogs. Mapplethorpe was quicker to find his metier, with a Polaroid and then a Hasselblad, but Smith was the first to fame, transformed, to her friend's delight, from a poet into a rock star. (Mapplethorpe soon became famous too--and notorious--before his death from AIDS in 1989.) Smith's memoir of their friendship, Just Kids, is tender and artful, open-eyed but surprisingly decorous, with the oracular style familiar from her anthems like "Because the Night," "Gloria," and "Dancing Barefoot" balanced by her powers of observation and memory for everyday details like the price of automat sandwiches and the shabby, welcoming fellow bohemians of the Chelsea Hotel, among whose ranks these baby Rimbauds found their way." --Tom NissleyPatti most recently played the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in San Francisco. Some videos from that below...
Aimee Mann at Nokia in 2008 (more by Chris La Putt)
Saturday would have been John Lennon's 70th birthday, and a gang of musicians will link up on November 12th at Beacon Theater to participate in the 30th Annual John Lennon Tribute going down at the venue (tickets):
The tribute will benefit Playing For Change Foundation. This concert is a once-in-a-lifetime gathering of artists who will come together to celebrate the life, music and creative spirit of John Lennon. The all-star lineup of performers span nearly four generations, ranging from legendary music icons Jackson Browne, Patti Smith and Cyndi Lauperto acclaimed artists, Aimee Mann, Keb' Mo', Joan Osborne, Martin Sexton, Shelby Lynne, Taj Mahal, Meshell Ndegeocello, Alejandro Escovedo, Playing For Change, The Kennedys, Vusi Mahlasela, Rich Pagano of the Fab Faux, YouTube sensation Chris Bliss, Wendy Osserman Dance and the Tribute's co-creator and MAD Magazine Senior Editor, Joe Raiola.Aimee Mann will also play a string of shows in the Northeast surrounding that appearance as well: Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown, NY will see her on 11/11, SOPAC in South Orange, NJ gets her on 11/13, and Aimee Mann also has a date with Music Hall of Williamsburg on 11/22. Tickets for the latter are currently on AMEX presale, and go on regular sale today (10/8) at noon.
All dates and some videos below...
According to Wikipedia, Henry Darger lived from "April 12(?), 1892-April 13, 1973)". That means he may or may not have a birthday coming up (really though, who doesn't have a birthday coming up?). To celebrate, the American Folk Art Museum (where his work is on display) will have a party for the man who created the vivian girls on...
Saturday, May 15, 2010Tickets will set you back anywhere from $250 to $1000 a piece (which is even more, or less, than it will cost you to see Karen O and Nick Zinner 10 days later at MoMA). Flyer below...
@ Espace, 635 West 42nd Street, New York City
Concert o Premium Open Bar o Hors d'Oeuvres o Dancing o DJ o Aerial Performance by Cirque-tacular Entertainment
Join us to celebrate Henry Darger's birthday at this extraordinary benefit party. Rock-and-roll legend Patti Smith will perform an intimate concert, preceded by a VIP party and followed by dancing and a DJ. Platinum VIPs will have the opportunity to meet Patti Smith at a private cocktail party. A night you don't want to miss! All proceeds from the evening support the museum.
photos by Chris La Putt
Performances by Iggy Pop, Patti Smith and Gogol Bordello brought the crowd at Carnegie Hall to its feet on Friday night, as the musicians took part in the 20th annual Tibet House benefit.Other artists that performed at the show Friday night included Bajah + the Dry Eye Crew and Regina Spektor. Patti Smith also introduced Iggy Pop whose shirtless set included a stint crowd surfing in the Carnegie Hall audience. More pictures from the show below...
The concerts, whose musical acts are organized by composer and Tibet House Vice President Philip Glass, are scheduled to coincide with the Tibetan New Year and bring in anywhere from $100,000 to $250,00 for the nonprofit group every year.
The evening began with chanting from several Drepung Gomang Monastery monks, followed by comments from Glass about the difficulty in finalizing a final roster of performers every year given all the participants' busy schedules. Next, Robert A. F. Thurman, the president and one of the co-founders Tibet House, likened the Tibetan people to the Na'vi, the blue, cat-like aliens featured in James Cameron's sci-fi film "Avatar." He noted that both groups of individuals deserved and needed saving, and repeated the film's catch phrase "I see you" for double effect. [Wall Street Journal]
photos by Bao Nguyen
Last night (2/11) was a big night for musical fashion week parties in NYC. Guns n Roses were the surprise headliner in the John Varvatos store. Earlier in the vening both Patti Smith and Metric played sets at the LnA afterparty at Milk Studios. More pictures from that one below...
"There's nothing "normal" about New York Fashion Week, but if the incoming flood of models, designers, and celebs isn't cool enough, this might just make you gasp:Metric and Patti Smith play the LnA party. The Cardigans' Nina Persson appears at the Peter Jensen party on Valentine's Day. That's the setlist (invite?) full of covers above.
For LnA's first presentation in New York City, they're going all out, showcasing their trademark streetwear (including the famous, best-selling, NYLON approved Dani legging), while bringing along some special guests.
Besides a performance by Metric, LnA will have a special guest at their afterparty - Patti Smith. The singer, poet, artist, author, icon, fill-in-the-blank will appear onstage at Milk Studios during LnA's big Manhattan bash." [NYLON]
NYC band Preacher and the Knife have been "chosen to perform at famed designer Cynthia Rowley's runway show during NY Fashion Week, next Friday, February 12th at Gotham Hall. The band will also be performing on February 14th at the Cake Shop for'"Panache & Cake Shop's V-Day Love In.'"
Alberta Cross are performing Thursday in the John Varvatos store.
You can catch Amanda Blank, Ebony Bones & Daniel Merriweather at Hudson Hotel on 2/10.
Tickets are on sale for Naomi Campbell's Fashion For Relief Haiti at The Tents at Bryant Park (2/12).
photos by Tim Griffin
City Winery's series of Haiti benefit concerts kicked off last night (1/20) with an all-star lineup that included Patti Smith, The Swell Season (they headlined Radio City Music Hall one night earlier), The Antlers, John Wesley Harding, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Yo La Tengo, Young People's Chorus of New York City, Tiempo Libre and Joshua Bell. Everyone played short sets, especially the unannounced guest Michael Stipe who actually only read something and introduced his friend Patti Smith.
Tonight's City Winery show (1/21) features Lewis Black, Vernon Reid & Corey Glover of Living Colour, Rich Pagano & The Sugarcane Cups, Marshall Crenshaw, and David Johansen. More pictures adn some videos from last night, below...
We need your help to raise $100,000 in four nights to help the victims of Haiti's catastrophic earthquake. No country in the Western Hemisphere has been battered more than Haiti in the last 500 years--the nearly complete annihilation of its native population over two decades, a brutal slave regime, ongoing foreign military interventions over hundreds of years, brutal dictatorships supported by western powers, blockades of aid and more recently, devastating natural disasters from hurricanes to this latest earthquake.Check out the four shows (with ticket links) below...
100% of proceeds from this benefit will be donated to Doctors Without Borders, Partners In Health and the mobile hospital initiative directed by the Jewish Renaissance Medical Center - all recommended by the Haiti Consule General. We ask that you give any way you can.
photos by Tim Griffin
Shot over 11 years by renowned fashion photographer Steven Sebring, Patti Smith: Dream of Life is an intimate portrait of the legendary rocker, poet and artist. Following Smith's personal reflections over a decade, the film explores her many art forms and the friends and poets who inspired her -- William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Bob Dylan, Robert Mapplethorpe and Michael Stipe. She emerges as a crucial, contemporary link between the Beats, punks and today's music. Shot in lush, dark tones, featuring rare performance clips and narrated by the artist herself, Patti Smith: Dream of Life is an impressionistic journal of a multi-faceted artist that underscores her unique place in American culture. Winner of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival Excellence in Cinematography Award: Documentary. A production of Clean Socks and THIRTEEN. Produced by Steven Sebring, Margaret Smilow and Scott Vogel. [PBS]Patti Smith turns 63 today (December 30th, 2009). Happy Birthday Patti! Today is also the date of her 2nd of three Bowery Ballroom shows this week. Everyone going should set their DVR (if they have it) because tonight is also when Patti Smith: Dream of Life premieres on PBS. Patti talked about it today on NPR.
More pictures from her first of three Bowery shows (12/29 aka last night), below...
Tibet House US will hold its 20th Annual Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall on Friday, February 26th. Philip Glass, the concert's Artistic Director, once again brings together an original line-up of contemporary artists including Patti Smith, Jesse Smith, Michael Campbell, Baaba Maal and Pierce Turner with more performers being confirmed soon.As previously posted, Dirty Projectors are also playing this.
Carnegie Hall is located at 881 Seventh Avenue (at 57th Street). Concert tickets are $35 to $85 and can be purchased by calling Carnegie Charge at 212.247.7800 or in person at the Carnegie Hall Box Office (57th Street and Seventh Avenue). Tickets go on sale December 24th.
John Waters as the other creepy old Santa...
A John Waters Christmas is hitting the road this December. Six dates are scheduled with a New York City stop at BB King's on December 22nd. The show takes the form of a monologue that "explores and explodes traditional archetypes as [Waters] shares his compulsive desire to give and receive perverted gifts, a religious fanaticism for Santa Claus, and an unhealthy love of true crime holiday horror stories." Tickets for the NY show are on sale. He visits New Brunswick, NJ's State Theatre four days before (12/18) and tickets for that are on sale too. All dates below.
A John Waters Christmas is actually the name of the director's own holiday compilation that features the likes of Fat Daddy, Alvin & The Chipmunks and Tiny Tim. Videos of few of those are below.
BB King's will host another holiday show with Darlene Love on December 13th. The singer is a 2010 nominee for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and she appeared at the museum's two-night MSG show with Bruce & the E Street band. A video of her annual Letterman performance of "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" is below. Tickets are on sale.
Darlene Love's Love for the Holidays will also be at Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, NJ on Sunday, December 20th. Tickets are on sale.
Elsewhere in Jersey, Darlene teams up with Ronnie Spector for "A Christmas Gift for You" at Red Bank, NJ's Count Basie Theater on Thursday, December 17th. (Both got their holiday start in part from their songs on 1963's A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector.) Tickets are on sale.
Then, Ronnie Spector's annual X-Mas Party runs for two nights at BB King's on Saturday, December 19th and Sunday, December 20th. Tickets are on sale.
Spector's new disc The Last of the Rock Stars (...) has guest appearances that include Keith Richards, Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Patti Smith, Patrick Keeler (The Raconteurs) and Jack Lawrence (The Dead Weather). There's also a version of "It's Christmas Once Again" to add to your holiday rotation alongside ubiquitous Ronettes versions of "Sleigh Ride" and "Frosty the Snowman."
Speaking of Patti Smith, she has some annual holiday shows coming up of her own, but those are after Christmas and include New Years Eve.
Dates & songs from all three are posted below...
"When I saw Tom Verlaine play for the first time, I realized he had 'it,' and all my life I've looked to try and teach people 'it' and usually come away with great despair," Lloyd said. "You can teach harmony, but you can't teach melody. You can show someone the craftsmanship of songwriting, but they're the ones who have to put out the antenna and wait for the universe to send them a song.Television's Richard Lloyd will be performing a "one-night-only" at the Studio at Webster Hall on Thursday, November 12th. Also appearing will be guests John Varvatos (of his-store-used-to-be-CBGB fame), Bob Gruen (featured in the Brooklyn Museum's current Who Shot Rock & Roll exhibit) and Legs McNeil, author of "I Slept with Joey Ramone." The opener will be Hey Battlefield. Tickets are on sale.
"The actual creative process is not one over which human being have control. I always thought that; otherwise I wouldn't have picked Tom. I'm the one who made the decision and suggested to our first manager, Terry Ork, that he put Tom and I together as a guitar-playing team." [Richard Lloyd to the Daily Times]
Speaking of CBGB and Richard Lloyd, his old friend Patti Smith (who played the final show at the club with Lloyd in 2006) has a trio of end-of-year shows around the corner from CBGB, at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are still available for all of them.
Patti, along with Jerry Seinfeld, Jackie Gleason, Woody Allen, Allen Ginsberg and 395 others, was just named one of the New York City 400 by the Museum of the City of New York. It's the "first-ever list of New York City's 400 ultimate movers and shakers since the city's founding in 1609".
A flyer for the Studio show and a pair of videos from Lloyd's show with the Sufi-Monkey Trio at LPR in September are below...
Bruce Springsteen & Tom Morello @ MSG (BMoreSweet)
U2 closed the second night of the MSG Rock & Roll Hall of Fame shows on October 30th. At the first (10/29), it was Bruce Springsteen & Billy Joel (before one big group sing on Jackie Wilson's "Higher and Higher")...
After "Badlands" much of the drained audience began leaving and then rushed back to their seats when Billy Joel sat down at the piano and launched into "You May Be Right," "Only The Good Die Young" and "New York State Of Mind." (The pair were uniting the kindred spirits of New Jersey and Long Island, Springsteen explained.) "Higher and Higher" wrapped up the night. The official set list had the show ending at 11:36:55 (yes, they thought they had it down to the exact second), but the final notes rang out at 1:31 a.m. Six straight hours of music, and that was just the first of two nights. [Rolling Stone]Bruce was actually there both nights (one of many possibly "filling in" for Eric Clapton, who canceled last minute on the second). Those in attendence on the 30th got to see U2, Bruce Springsteen and Patti Smith sing together on "Because the Night." (And U2 + Mick Jagger (another unannounced guest) + Fergie + Will.i.am sing "Gimme Shelter"...). Ray Davies, Lou Reed, and Ozzy Osbourne all performed with Metallica. Many played with Stevie Wonder. Full setlists below.
HBO will be airing four hours of highlights on Thanksgiving weekend.
(November 29th at 8PM ET).
Bruce's current tour wraps up November 22nd in Buffalo. He was at Giants Stadium earlier this fall, playing the last concerts ever there. U2 also played the venue for two nights in September, and will be back in Jersey in 2010 as part of their just-announced tour.
Set lists for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame shows are below...
Patti Smith @ The Met (more by Daniel Solomon)
Patti Smith has announced her annual end-of-year run of shows at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the three shows, December 29-31, will go on sale Friday at noon. All dates below...
photos by Daniel Solomon
The songs [Patti] Smith chose to perform veered away from her own material. She only performed four original songs ("Trampin'," "Beneath the Southern Cross," "Ghost Dance" and "People Have the Power"), instead imagining what [Robert] Frank might have heard coming over the AM as he drove across the country in the mid-'50s. She has never publicly performed before many of these songs before, and may never again. [Dylan Etc]A few more pictures from Saturday's event and the setlist below...
Patti Smith, who was celebrating her sometimes-bandmate Flea's birthday yesterday, is giving "A Salute to Robert Frank, Artist and Friend" tonight (10/17) at the Met. "PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. STANDING ROOM TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE BOX OFFICE BEGINNING ONE HOUR PRIOR TO THE CONCERT." The show is one of three upcoming NY dates for Patti. They are listed below...
The Dead Weather @ Bowery Ballroom (more)
For a new band, with almost no released music, The Dead Weather sure did get big quick! That was an attempt at sarcasm, because really it's no surprise that Jack White's new band would choose Terminal 5 (on July 16th) as the location of their 2nd NYC show. Their first was at Bowery Ballroom.
The Dead Weather will be touring this summer with multiple dates in some cities, and just one show in NYC (for now?). Tickets for most of the shows go on presale on Wednesday. The NYC show goes on sale at Ticketmaster on Friday at noon ($30).
"The band's debut album Horehound, the first record to be recorded and released via Jack White's new Third Man studios and record label in Nashville, TN, will be made available through Third Man/Warner Bros Records on July 14th 2009. To date, The Dead Weather have released two tracks via iTunes and on limited edition 7" vinyl: "Hang You From The Heavens" and "Are Friends Electric?""
In related news, Meg White is now engaged "to guitarist Jackson Smith, the son of iconic rockers Patti Smith and Fred Smith".
All DW dates below...
(current incarnation of?) Lubricated Goat
"Lubricated Goat was an Australian noise rock band of the 1980s. They achieved brief notoriety for playing on a television program naked, with only their instruments. Mainly influenced by bands like The Stooges and The Birthday Party, they are credited for playing a grimy, confrontational style of rock which preceded grunge music....Lubricated Goat holds a special place in my heart due to one recent, not-music-related experience, A few years ago I hired a 'man with a van' off Craigslist to help me move. That man turned out to be none other than Stu Spasm. I felt star struck that entire afternoon. The company he was/is working for is Rabbit Movers.
Lubricated Goat was formed by Stu Spasm (real name Stuart Grey). Spasm had previously been in bands such as Singing Dog with Stu Barker, and Salamander Jim with Tex Perkins....
Lubricated Goat had its back catalog re-released via Amphetamine Reptile Records in the United States, and on Normal in Europe, before making its first American tour in mid-1989. In 1990, Lubricated Goat commenced its first European tour, one that was plagued with tragedy via the stabbing of Spasm in Berlin in 1990. The incident placed Lubricated Goat on hiatus....
...Various incarnations of Lubricated Goat, often featuring only Stu Spasm, have since existed, recording material for Sub Pop, PCP, Sympathy for the Record Industry and REPTILIAN. Spasm also played in Crunt (which featured his then-wife Kat Bjelland of Babes in Toyland) and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion drummer Russell Simins.
In 2007, a brand new lineup of Lubricated Goat started writing new songs & performing them, along with a selection of classic LG songs. This lineup included Anne Mette Rasmussen on keyboards, sound effects & backup vocals, Creighton Chamberlain (formerly of Heroine Sheiks) on bass, and 'Bloody' Rich Hutchins (former/current member of Live Skull, Of Cabbages and Kings, Sugartime, Phideaux, Hungry March Band) on drums. [Wikipedia]
So, I was excited, but not surprised, to see that not only are Lubricated Goat playing a show tonight (5/8), but that the show (which other bands are also playing) is taking place in the Rabbit Movers-related Rabbit Hole Studio gallery in conjunction with their own art show entitled "Patti Smith's Fridge" because "One time they moved Patti Smith's cast-iron refrigerator down three flights of stairs and into a building across town". Junk Science is also on tonight's bill. Seven bands total play today and tomorrow (set times below).
The three day event this weekend in DUMBO (Brooklyn, NY) will feature art, live music, readings and performance, or to quote them, "all sorts of shenanigans from the Rabbit Art Collective". More details below...
photos by Tim Griffin
"It's been 10 years since Tibet was the hot issue in the rock community, but some stars still carry the torch. One of the biggest forums for this activism is the annual Tibet House benefit in New York, where an eclectic group of artists bands together to salute Tibetan culture.More pictures below...
This year's concert, held [Tueusday] at Carnegie Hall, started off on an energetic note, with Antibalas raising the sedate crowd to its feet. After playing a song, they were joined by Beninese singer Angelique Kidjo, who wowed with an energetic cover of the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter," before performing one of her own songs, "Emma." Antibalas then exited stage right, while bluesman Keb' Mo' joined Kidjo for one more tune.
Curator Philip Glass then took the stage to introduce his son Zack, who was performing with the Patti Smith Band. The younger Glass played two pleasant, mainstream folk-rock tunes, the furthest thing possible from his father's experimental compositions. He was followed by Vampire Weekend, who played with a string quartet and debuted a new song that sounded even more influenced by Paul Simon's "Graceland" than its previous work, as well as "M79" from its self-titled debut.
At this point, the tone of the show changed, with the elder Glass perforing an original piano composition with the string quartet. The piece was lovely, but felt out-of-place after so much upbeat rock. To add to the discombobulation, the National, who played two excellent new songs, followed Glass.
...Patti Smith, a fixture at many Tibet House benefits, took the stage with her daughter Jesse accompanying her on piano.... [full review @ BILLBOARD]
Patti Smith says Happy New Year @ Bowery Ballroom - Dec 31, 2008 (Houari B)
"Smith was in fine form and good spirits, joking and cajoling the audience, even telling them her old birthday (she was born on Dec 30th) stories. Her jokes crackle with electricity as much as the music, as the band rip through Kimberly (a loving tribute to her sister, who was in the audience), Dancing Barefoot, Pissing in a River and the chestnuts, Because the Night and People Have the Power.Download the whole New Years Eve show at roio's site.
Since 1998, Smith has been keeping a three-night year-end tradition at New York's Bowery Ballroom and tonight, Smith puts everyone in the right frame of mind about 2009, the Chinese astrological Year of the Ox, by reminding the audience that it's going to be a year of putting their noses to the grind and working hard." [roio]
Patti Smith doesn't have any full shows coming up again yet, but there are at least four times you can see her between now and March 11th. And one of them is tonight/Saturday at 92YTribeca where she'll be introducing and speaking after a couple of screenings of the new documentary made about her. All dates below...
Le Poisson Rouge's ode to Philip Glass/Chuck Close (more by Chris La Putt)
As someone kindly pointed out, tickets are now on sale for the 2009 Tibet House Benefit concert happening at Carnegie Hall on February 3rd. The list of artists confirmed so far is in the title of this post.
Vampire Weekend are in the middle of their three-night NYC run at Terminal 5.
The Tibet show is a month before the REM show at Carnegie Hall that Patti Smith is also playing and which was organized by Michael Dorf who has Philip Glass playing multiple shows at his new City Winery.
The Tibet House benefit show is an annual show put on by Philip Glass. Patti Smith has played it before. So has Antony, Sufjan Stevens, The Black Keys, Trey, Ray Davies, Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Damien Rice, Band of Horses, and many, many more.
Video of Antony performing "You are My Sister" in 2006 (a fine moment), below...
Throwing Muses with Kristen Hersh, Kimya Dawson, Ingrid Michaelson, Glenn Hansard of The Frames & Swell Season, Apples in Stereo, Tommy James and the Shondells, Jolie Holland, Keren Ann, Guster, The Db's, Bob Mould, Vic Chesnutt & Elf Power, Rachel Yamagata, Calexico, Patti Smith, and others will be singing R.E.M. songs at Carnegie Hall on March 11th. "100% of net proceeds to benefit musical education programs for underprivileged youth." Regular tickets are on sale at the venue's site. VIP tickets are available at the event's own site (thx rajohn)...
Your VIP ticket includes entrance to the private artist reception taking place at City Winery featuring cuisine designed by Mario Batali. Food will be delicious and the free wine will be flowing. Join the artists and friends in New York's first full winery and amazing new event space. The party will start immediately after the concert and go to 1am. With a full stage and sound system at City Winery, we expect many musical surprises!Mario Batali and Michael Stipe are good friends. Michael Dorf is producing this whole event. Michael Dorf owns the new City Winery which is opening on New Years Eve which is the night Michael Dorf's old club Knitting Factory is closing (which Michael pointed out himself in that NY Press article).
Vic Chetnutt & Elf Power are also touring and playing NYC together in January.
Pro-shot video of R.E.M.'s encore in Mexico City the other day, below...