John S. Hall, John Kruth, Jeff Lewis, Jason Trachtenberg, Lach, Roger Manning,
Mike Rimbaud and Jason Trachtenberg, play
KIRK KELLY’s ANTIFEST
Saturday, December 19th @ 8PM
The Studio @ Webster Hall
125 East 11 th St New York, NY 10003
Phone: 212 353 1600
Advance tickets are $15
available at www.websterhall.com.
$20 the night of the show
(Doors open at 6:30 p.m.),
ANTIFOLK’s finest hit the Studio at Webster Hall to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of KIRK KELLY’s landmark SST Records release with the GO MAN GO ANTIFEST on Saturday, December 19th in the historic venue’s Studio room.
Joining KELLY is a “who’s who” of AntiFolk talent, from pioneers Lach, Roger Manning and John S. Hall (King Missile/Dog Fly Religion) and Mike Rimbaud to more recent standouts Jeffrey Lewis, John Kruth and Jason Trachtenberg (of the Trachtenberg Family Sideshow Players). Also, look for KELLY to perform with his combo PADDY on the RAILWAY and with founding father Lach as Antifolk’s dynamic duo The FOLK BROTHERS. PADDY on the RAILWAY will also feature Television’s Billy Ficca, Ween bassist Dave Dreiwitz and frequent Violent Femme sideman John “the Hippie” Kruth (whose guitar KELLY borrowed for the Go Man Go recording sessions).
The timing of the event is equally appropriate with December 19th being the birthday of the late Phil Ochs, whose life and music radicalized his own generation and was a great inspiration to many on the early AntiFolk scene. “More young artists are drawn to Antifolk and inspired by it every day, but sometimes I think some of the newer Atifolk scene have lost touch with the original influences,“ explains Kelly. “Phil Ochs was one of the biggest influences of the early scene. There was an old dog-eared copy of Death of A Rebel (the Phil Ochs bio) which was passed around and read by everyone..” The promised 3 hours of music is sure to include more than a few Phil Ochs covers and tributes.
The proceeds of the event go to launch KELLY’s pet project – the Artist Worker Action League – which he describes as “a WPA/Federal Music Project for today’s indie musicians. Even before the Great Recession started, our best and brightest had already been locked out of sustainable careers by the Great Consolidation of the music industry. The Action League will cultivate the kind of support once provided by the independent labels, venues and booking agencies which have been bought up by a very few corporate entertainment conglomerates.”