During most of the nineties Ivan Julian recorded and toured the world with Matthew as lead guitarist, earning him three Gold Record Awards. A special set of benefit shows will be held at City Winery NYC for Ivan Julian.
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.