Friday, May 6, 2016

Heart on Fire: Concert for Ivan Julian feat. Richard Hell, Matthew Sweet, Thurston Moore, Vernon Reid and Burnt Sugar, Ira Kaplan (of Yo La Tengo), Lee Ranaldo (of Sonic Youth), The Dictators NYC & more! May, 7!

It didn't take long for Ivan's brethren of pals to heed the call to action. Ivan's music resume reads like the history of punk and rock 'n roll and the packed rosters of both shows represent. Richard Hell, Ivan's CBGB Voidoid bandmate, is appearing publicly as a musician for the first time in decades for the May 4 show, and has now been added to the May 7 show, where he will be joined by at least one special unannounced guest. Richard also wrote this message about Ivan:


I’ve known Ivan since he was 21, in spring 1976 (40 years ago), when Bob Quine and Marc Bell and I were auditioning people to become Quine’s Voidoid co-guitarist. Bob was so impressed by Ivan's chops, he copped the slot on the spot. He’s only gotten better, year after year, as a player and all around monster of goodness, and that’s the truth. I love him. It’s horrible that he has to suffer some terribly painful, life-threatening illness, and have it ravage him financially as well. American barbarism. What’s left are his friends, admirers, and sympathizers. Please contribute to his fund if you possibly can.

Ivan Julian Fund
The history of CBGB, Max's Kansas City, No Wave, and the foreground of punk/rock 'n roll come together for a pair of concerts to help support Ivan's battle with cancer. He is facing a long journey of treatment, out of pocket medical and cost of living expenses, which includes keeping being able to keep his recording studio until he can return to work.

The May 4 show sold out in hours: featuring Richard Hell, MC Deborah Harry, Vernon Reid & Burnt Sugar (Living Colour), Ian Hunter, Lenny Kaye & Tony Shanahan (Patti Smith Group, house band) The Dictators NYC, Garland Jeffreys, Willie Nile, The Bush Tetras and special guests.

On May 7 Richard Hell, Thurston Moore & Lee Ranaldo (co-founders of Sonic Youth), Matthew Sweet, Vernon Reid & Burnt Sugar (Living Colour), Tony Shanahan (Patti Smith Group, house band) THE DICTATORS NYC, Ira Kaplan (Yo La Tengo), Arto Lindsay (DNA), James Sclavunos (Nick Cave, Grinderman, Sonic Youth, The Cramps); with MC Lydia Lunch, the voice of New York's underground and special guests.

Backed by a world-class, history-packed house band of pals including: James Mastro (Ian Hunter, music director, guitar) & Nicholas Tremulis(guitar, co-music director, 5/4), Vinny DeNunzio (The Feelies, percussion) Al Maddy (Joey Ramone, Jesse Malin, keyboards, guitar) Steve Goulding (Mekons, drums).

Historical nights of music that will provide much needed funds for cost of living, out of pocket medical. And eye on the prize: adding CANCER FREE to Ivan's resume, he's got a lot more music to make! #TeamIvan

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