Who Tribute Concert at LIC Bar!

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)

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“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!!

The Backbeat

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.”

See also: http://wp.me/p1ZFJu-p4

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.

Brian Porter

Brian Porter

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.

court sq to lic bar

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Who cares about LIC Bar — The Who do!!

Gus Rodriguez, delighted to unpack a box from Shure electronics that contained an assortment of their best vocal, instrumental and percussion microphones.

Gus Rodriguez, delighted to unpack a box from Shure electronics that contained an assortment of their best vocal, instrumental and percussion microphones.

LIC music curator Gus Rodriguez was delighted this week to open the first consignment of sound gear to be donated to LIC Bar by British rock band “The Who” following the destruction of the bar’s equipment in the flooding from hurricane Sandy. LIC Bar’s cellar was flooded to a depth of 8 feet on the night of the highest tides, destroying bar stock, office equipment, appliances etc; and also sound and musical equipment stored there for the bar’s regular music nights. Drums, a keyboards and PA gear were lost and the bar has relied on borrowed equipment for its four-nights-a-week shows whilst trying to raise funds for replacements. Gus is looking forward to receiving a new Peavey PA system in the next consignment of gear and described how the gift came to be made:
“LIC Bar regular patron and music lover Robert Basch heard about what happened in the hurricane, was going to their concert in Brooklyn and had this idea to reach out to The Who and tell them of our plight, wondering if they might take time to put on a show here. Doggone it, he got through to them and was told that, although they couldn’t do a show they would do the next best thing and  donate replacement gear. Today’s delivery is proof of the band’s generosity. Although we still hope that Roger Daltrey or Pete Townshend might still show up we can’t bank on it; although this is New York and strange things do happen!”

As a band that started in the pubs of North London and progressed to the stages of the world The Who have shown that they still respect venues like LIC Bar, from which new music will be generated and stars will be born.

The Who outside the Railway Hotel, Wealdstone, Harrow, North London

The Who outside the Railway Hotel, Wealdstone, Harrow, North London

The Who are no strangers to lost and damaged equipment. As leader of an aggressive and exciting band in the 1960s and 70s guitarist Pete Townshend would regularly smash his guitar and amplifier; and their drummer, the late Keith Moon, placed fireworks in his kit to create explosive endings to the band’s stage shows. The band is older now, with two of the original members no longer with us; so their offer of new equipment to a little bar in Long Island City came as a welcome gesture, glowing with wonderful irony.

LIC residents Andy Stack and Tania Elizabeth at LIC Bar

LIC residents Andy Stack and Tania Elizabeth at LIC Bar

(this is an extended version of an article originally published in www.licspot.com, please support this excellent local news blog by reading and clicking on the advertisers).