Ari Up’s Punky Reggae Birthday Party Benefit Memorial
On Sunday, January 16, at 7 p.m., the doors will open to the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn for a benefit and celebration of the life of Ari Up of The Slits.
Participating artists, led by musical director Ira Heaps, include original and current members of The Slits, including Tessa Pollitt, Hollie Cook, Neneh Cherry and AnnA Ozawa; Bruce Smith of PiL and The Slits; members of Brave New Girl; Band Droidz; legendary Beefheart guitarist Gary Lucas; Afrobeat superstar Wunmi Olaiya; Felice Rosser (Faith); Dee Pop (Bush Tetras, Radio I-Ching); Lizzi Bougatsis (Gang Gang Dance); Afro-Punk avatar Tamar-Kali, King Django; Honeychild Coleman; Barbara Gogan (The Passions); Sherleen Nubro; Lisa Samuels and many luminaries from the punk and reggae worlds backed by Ira Heaps and the True Warriors performing classic Slits hits, dancehall, and previously unheard originals by Ari Up.
Lyrical readings, remembrances, and surprise guests are also scheduled.
Tickets are available at http://bit.ly/ariupshow, and the cost is $15 in advance or $20 day of event. Proceeds will benefit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.