Sunday, November 24, 2013

New York Loves Brandt Abner Ska/Reggae Benefit Show on 11/25/13 at B.B. King's in N.Y.C.

New York ska musician, vocalist, and songwriter Brandt Abner tragically passed away from thymic cancer on September 13, 2013 at age 43. In response (and in celebration of Brandt's life and music), the NYC ska scene is holding a massive benefit ska show with 100% of the proceeds going to support Brandt's family (his wife, whom he met while they were in high school, and his nine year-old daughter).  The show will feature reunions of key 80's and 90's NYC ska bands including Skinnerbox, Skadanks and Beat Brigade as well as performances by current NYC ska bands Mephiskapheles, Pilfers, Dub Is A Weapon, Bigger Thomas and The Rudie Crew.

Abner was a founding member of Skinnerbox and also worked with Jeff Baker/King Django for the Version City compilation and the Roots and Culture album, and played keys on some of the tracks for The Toasters' This Gun for Hire album. He was also the keyboardist for Japanese alt/rock band Cibo Matto who are performing.

Here is video of Abner performing "Promise" during the Subborn Records 20th Anniversary Party at the Knitting Factory Brooklyn in May 2012:

An established musician in his own right, here is Abner performing a beautiful version of his won song "Honestly."

The New York Loves Brandt! benefit show will take place at B.B. King's on 42nd Street in Manhattan tomorrow, Monday, November 25, 2013, starting at 5:30 pm and going all night long. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for kids 16 and under (advance adult tickets may be purchased here adn tickets are also available at the door).

This is going to be an extraordinary night of ska and reggae music--all of it in support of a worthy cause--so don't miss it if you are in the New York City area!

Set times for the show below:

5:45 PM
Cannabis Cup Band featuring Ras Droppa, Marcia Davis, Andrew McIntyre and friends and introducing -Sasha Abner- w/ special guest Jeremy Manasia

7:30 PM
Cibo Matto

7:50 PM
Dub Is A Weapon

8:10 PM
Beat Brigade

8:30 PM
Rudie Crew with special guest Rev Sinister (Inspecter 7) and Roger Apollon (Bigger Thomas)

8:55 PM
Bigger Thomas

9:20 PM
Skadanks featuring Rocker T, Jamalski, Yami Bolo and surprise guests!

9:50 PM

10:15 PM

10:40 PM
Netherlands w Timo Ellis

11:00 PM
Abner's Oeuvre featuring Malcolm Gold, James Yarish, Jon McCain & Cavass

11:30 PM

11:50 PM
Pilfers w/ Clark Gayton

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