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Chris Knox Benefit Show in hit New York Sells Out in 20 Minutes

Chris Knox Benefit Show in hit New York Sells Out in 20 Minutes

30.03.10 {updated 1/4}

The benefit show for Chris Knox in New York on May 6 sold out 20mins after the tickets went on sale on Tuesday, New York time. 

Jeff Magnum, Yo La Tengo, members of TV on the Radio and Magnetic Fields are all lined up to perform at the Chris Knox Benefit show.

On May 6, downtown Manhattan's Le Poisson Rouge will host a benefit show for New Zealand punk originator Chris Knox, who suffered a stroke last year.

The big news: Reclusive Neutral Milk Hotel leader Jeff Mangum will make an extremely rare appearance at the show, playing a "very short acoustic set." According to the show's publicist, Mangum "is doing the show specifically to help raise money for his close friend and it's not the start of a comeback." Still, Jeff Mangum! Live! This doesn't happen every day. Or every year. Or ever, really.

Other acts playing the benefit include Yo La Tengo, TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone, Portastatic, Claudia Gonson of the Magnetic Fields, Sharon Van Etten, and Knox's fellow New Zealanders, Dimmer, Robert Scott and David Kilgour of the Clean (who will each do solo sets). Most of the performers also contributed to the recent Knox covers disc Stroke.

Portions of the show will be recorded to be broadcast on WFMU and New Zealand radio stations at a later date. Tickets will go on sale on Kickstarter.com on Tuesday, March 30.

Update 1: The Chris Knox Benefit at Le Poisson Rouge Has Already Raised $40,545

Update 2:

A benefit show for Chris Knox in New York on May 6 sold out 20mins after the tickets went on sale on Tuesday, New York time. 

The show will be held at Le Poisson Rouge (The Red Fish), a nightclub in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Performing on the bill are Kyp Malone (TV On The Radio), The Clean, Yo La Tengo, Dimmer, Portastatic, Claudia Gonson (The Magnetic Fields), John Mulaney & Sharon Van Etten. An extra special feature is a short acoustic set by Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel fame. Although not widely known in New Zealand Mangum is a highly respected artist in the States despite rarely performing since the release of the acclaimed album 'In The Aeroplane Over The Sea' ten years ago. 

The show has been organised by Ben Goldberg the head of Brooklyn record label Badabing Records. Ben says "Putting this whole benefit together has been so easy to do. Everyone involved cares about Chris and wants to help him so much, that they are all taking on responsibilities way beyond their calling to assist. I love his music so much, my goal in organizing this benefit is really two-fold - yes, to get him money, but also to spread the word about his particular genius." The tickets were sold on Kickstarter.com a new website that helps people fund creative projects. 

Chris Knox & The Nothing will be performing on April the 8th at the Kings Arms supporting US band The Mountain Goats. The Nothing's recent set at Laneways was a highlight of the music festival for many. 

Chris' recovery from the stroke he suffered on June 11 2009 continues with some improvements & occasional setbacks. The album 'Stroke - Songs For Chris Knox', a compilation of musicians from around the world playing Chris' songs, went gold in NZ earlier this year and is now available in Australia and USA.

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