LIC Bar to host Who tribute band in charity fundraiser
US premier Who tribute band “Who’s Next” will fill LIC Bar on Saturday February 23rd with a gig that says “Thank You” to the THE WHO for donating sound equipment to the bar after the loss of 1000s of dollars worth of equipment in Hurricane Sandy. The gig will raise money for the WHO’s official charity The Teenage Cancer Trust (http://www.teenagecancertrust.org/). Tickets will cost $20 and 100% of the net proceeds will go to the charity. Raffle prizes offered by a whole range of donors will include a Gibson SG guitar autographed by PETE TOWNSHEND (http://www2.gibson.com) , a Shure microphone signed by ROGER DALTREY, Signed CDs, promo posters, restaurant vouchers (www.alobar.com, elaysi.com, www.manducatisrustica.com, www.bobbyvans.com) , a bicycle, Yoga classes (www.pranavahyoga.com), tickets for the Nets and Wicked on Broadway; and wine (www.domainewinebar.com)
“Who’s Next” uncannily even look like the band in their earlier days, when they were Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, Keith Moon and John Entwhistle. They are acknowledged as the TOP US Who tribute band and have been wowing audiences since 1999. They have even performed Who concert after parties and in 2001 were joined on stage by the late John Entwhistle. (check out www.whosnexttribute.com)
Also playing is New York guitar maestro Godfrey Townsend (no relation, different spelling), well known for his collaborations with the John Entwistle Band, “Cream” bassman Jack Bruce and the Eric Clapton birthday tributes at BB Kings.
Local legend Silbin Sandovar will play for the afterparty, backed by the LIC Bar Allstars featuring guitarist Danny Mackane and Kevin O’Leary.
The gig runs from 8-11pm, Tickets ($20) are available from LIC Bar website www.licbar.com
Watch out for surprise guests!!
Local music-lover and LIC Bar regular Rob Basch describes how he started a process which ended up in LIC Bar receiving replacement equipment and this gig developing.
” We all knew what had happened to LIC Bar in Hurricane Sandy, Gus Rodriguez was trying to put together some fundraisers to replace the lost equipment. In November I went to The Who’s concert in Brooklyn and read that they were also doing the 12.12.12 concert at Madison Square Garden for victims of Hurricane Sandy and thought – they’re in town, let me see if I can invite them to LIC Bar to do a show; why not? So I went on their website and used their email system to write to Roger and Pete saying “It was a great show, I saw you were doing the 12.12 show and really appreciate the help that you are giving. I live in Long Island City and we have a great little music bar that was damaged in the storm and I wondered if you’d stop by and do a little gig at the bar. “We usually give artists two drinks tickets but if you guys show up we could probably get you three”, I said, not expecting an answer. But I get this email back, from Simon Townshend, Pete’s brother, who was part of the band playing second guitar, saying “I saw your email, the boys would really like to help out we really feel bad for the people affected by Sandy and we’ll see what we can do to help”.
A couple of days later I get an email back from the guy who runs their website, Rob Lee, based in London saying: “I’ve been talking to the lads and unfortunately they’re unable to play but I’ve contacted Bob Pridden their long-time sound manager who is going to get in touch with a few of their sound suppliers to see what they can do to replace what you have lost.”
Another week goes by and I get a couple of phone calls, one from Shure microphones and the other from Peavey, who make amplification equipment both saying that Roger Daltrey had called and wanted to see if they could help out. A bunch of emails went back and forth for a couple of weeks and basically they sent us a bunch of microphones and a new PA and amplification system.
Coincidently Simon Townshend was playing at the Port Washington library in December, close to where I work and I was able to go and say thank you to him in person. Now we are able to give an even bigger thank you through the benefit concert on Febraury 23rd.”
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LIC Bar will erect a tent over their courtyard, with the Carriage House taking on its summer role of stage. Bar owner Brian Porter is excited at the prospect of putting the Bar very much on the Map as the foremost music venue in Long Island City.
NOTE: The 7 Line is suspended this Weekend and Vernon /Jackson Station will be closed.
If you are coming by subway use the E and get out at 23rd Street/Ely/Court Square., or the G to 21st Street.