Yoko Ono, Medeski Martin & Wood and Jim O'Rourke are among the artists that will play benefit shows to help raise funds for New York club Tonic.
Yoko Ono, Medeski Martin & Wood and Jim O'Rourke are among the artists that will play benefit shows to help raise funds for New York club Tonic. The seven-year-old venue on the city's Lower East Side, long known as a haven for experimental and avant-garde music, is facing eviction due to increasing rent costs and the collapse of its main sewer line.
Organizers are hoping to raise more than $100,000 in the next few weeks via the benefits.
Ono and her son, Sean Lennon, will play tomorrow (Feb. 19) to celebrate her 72nd birthday. Tonight's show will feature Gary Lucas' Gods & Monsters, while the Chris Stamey Experience will play on Sunday with assistance from Anton Fier and Television guitarist Richard Lloyd, among others.
Other artists set to participate in the benefits are Tarantula and Devendra Banhart (Monday), O'Rourke (Feb. 23), Lennon with Vincent Gallo (Feb. 24), Sex Mob (Feb. 26), Mascott, Antietam and Ida (Feb. 27), MMW (March 7-8) and Akron/Family with Angels Of Light (March 11).
For more information about the benefits or to make a contribution, visit Tonic's official Web site.