"Dark Was The Night," a 31-track compilation of indie bands and artists put together by the Red Hot Organization, a group dedicated to raising AIDS awareness through popular culture, is getting the full concert treatment at Radio City Music Hall in New York on May 3.
"Dark Was The Night- Live" will feature several of the artists who contributed to the release, including Dave Sitek, Dirty Projectors, Feist, My Brightest Diamond, The National and Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings. Other artists are expected to be added to the bill. All proceeds from the concert go to the Red Hot Organization.
The compilation was produced by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National. "Bryce and I found ourselves in the midst of all of our peers and in a position to invite them to participate in this," Aaron explained to Billboard in an earlier interview. "Almost everybody was willing to donate their time and their music." The 4AD project was released on Feb. 17 and debuted on the Billboard 200 at No. 49.
"On this record, we tried to capture this musical renaissance, which may not have the cultural impact of grunge or punk, but is equally significant from a cultural and creative standpoint," says Red Hot co-founder John Carlin, who executive-produced the album. "It's an assertion of Aaron and Bryce's generation. These artists are not fringe or marginal."
Tickets for "Dark Was The Night - Live" go on sale Friday, Mar. 13 at 11:00 am.