We are delighted to announce this amazing benefit concert in New York, being held at the famous Bowery Electric on 29th January 2013. Its going to be a big affair with over 30 artists performing, there will also be an online and offline auction. A massive thanks to all of the organisers for putting this event together to help raise funds for us.
For Immediate Release:
STRUMMERVILLE: A BENEFIT CONCERT TO CELEBRATE THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF JOE STRUMMER AND THE CLASH
TUESDAY JANUARY 29 / 7:00 / $20 / 21+
At THE BOWERY ELECTRIC
The Bowery Electric is thrilled to present a celebratory evening of music dedicated to the life and songs of Joe Strummer, for his fans. Proceeds from this concert will benefit Strummerville, The Joe Strummer Foundation for New Music, a charity that funds music initiatives. Originated by family & friends of Joe Strummer upon his passing 10 years ago, Strummerville seeks to reflect Joe’s humanitarian contribution to the music world by offering support, resources and performance opportunities to artists who would not normally have access to them.
Joe Strummer has been recognized for inspiring a world of artists: “He combined cool with an uncompromising stance, infused reggae into punk and taught a whole generation of us more about politics than any number of teachers or politicians. He was as huge an inspiration to me now as he was in 1977.” Iggy Pop “Passionate, principled, genius – 3 words that sum up Joe Strummer”. Martin Scorcese “The Clash were a major influence on my own music.” Bruce Springsteen “The Clash never really cared about the money.” Joey Ramone ”Joe wasn’t some phony. He was a big part of the whole punk movement.” Steve Jones, Sex Pistols “Joe was the great humanitarian to come out of punk.” Chrissie Hynde “A true genius, a man of class and convictions. A personal hero.” Mike D, Beastie Boys “The most profound voice of any musician I have ever heard, Joe took his message to the world and the world listened. I am not alone in repeatedly turning to his thoughts and lyrics when searching for inspiration.” Bono
Joe Strummer loved New York City. He embraced its wide ranging underground genres and musical heritage and frequented the East Village music rooms. The infamous Strummer memorial painting on the exterior wall of Niagara Bar, facing Tompkins Square Park at 7th Street and Avenue A, is a magnet to Strummer fans from all over the world who commemorate Joe’s worldly, socially conscious musical impact. Joe had the unique ability of staying close to the people.
Participating artists to The Bowery Electric’s Strummerville will include a diverse roster of NY’s underground artists, all personally committed to the power of music plus special guest performers whose own musical lives have been informed and shaped by his massive artistic legacy. MATT PINFIELD (MTV 120 Minutes) will be host to the evening and our stellar house band will be lead by musical director Todd Youth (Danzig/Chelsea Smiles), also the musical director behind the powerful bands at both sold out Replacements and Bad Brains homage events at The Bowery Electric. On Jan 29th, there will be over thirty guest artists performing the songs of The Clash and Joe Strummer’s wide-ranging solo career.
Artists slated to appear: Aaron Lee Tasjian (Madison Square Gardeners), Brian Fallon (Gaslight Anthem), Ivan Julian (cowriter/musician the classic Sandinista, The Clash), Jesse Malin, Joseph Arthur, H.R. (Bad Brains), Shannon Funchess (Light Asylum ), Jeffrey Gaines, Willie Nile, Jack Ridley (Threats), Walter Lure (The Waldos), Leo Mintek (The Outernational), Matthew Ryan, Michelle Cassillas (Ursa Minor), Jasno Swarez (The Vandelles), Mick Stitch (the Threads),), The So So Glos, The Young Things, Vanessa Bley (Beast Patrol/Twin Danger), Felice Rosser (Faith), Antony Ellis (Five O’Clock Heroes) and other guests.
We’ll be presenting a charity auction for Strummerville, both online and on display. Some of the contributors include Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, graffiti famed artist Shepard Fairy and Antonio DÁmbrosio (director “Let Fury Have the Hour”), and legendary rock photographers Bob Gruen, Mick Rock and Josh Cheuse all donating rare and autographed items for the very worthy Strummerville charities.