While this blog tends to be Philly and rap-centric, I do need to call attention to the plight of an important NYC club that specializes in avant-garde music. Tonic has been holding down the Lower East Side for the last 10 years, providing a venue for experimental music and all NYC artists to do their thing. It is a
However, I just received an email discussing the financial plight that the club has found itself in. I know that money is tight for everyone and there are so many worthy causes and places that deserve your money. However, it seems like everyone can spend a night checking out a show here, instead of hitting another crowded bar, and help keep a great NYC resource going. While the music comes from the fringes, I feel that everyone can find something to enjoy, from jazz to rock to electronics. For more info on the club's problems, their schedule and ways to help, go here.
Some of the great shows this month that I would recommend checking out are the fundraiser this Friday night, Matt Dariau's Ballin' the Jack this Saturday, Septeto Roberto Rodriguez on Tuesday the 8th, another fundraiser the following Friday, Ben Lee on the 24th and best of all, Tim Berne, Craig Taborn & Tom Rainey on March 7th. Lots of great stuff that you can't hear many places, and it's all for a good cause.