Friday, June 10, 2005

Village Voice Strike Fund Benefit

Jason Loewenstein (of Sebadoh), Northern State, Supagroup, and DJs Eugene Hutz (of Gogol Bordello), Fancy (of Fannypack), and Tommie Sunshine to perform at Village Voice Union Strike Fund Benefit!

Wednesday, June 22,
doors at 8 p.m., $10 Rothko
116 Suffolk Street @ Rivington Street

Members of the Village Voice union (Local 2110 UAW), which includes the paper's writers and editors as well as the art, production, sales, and classified staff, are about to enter into contract negotiations with management. The contract expires at midnight on June 30, and if management refuses to meet the union's modest demands for fair raises and improved benefits, Voice union members will be forced to go on strike on July 1. On Wednesday, June 22, Voice union members are hosting an eclectic night of musical entertainment.

Donating their time and talents are Sebadoh's Jason Loewenstein, who is currently recording the follow-up to his critically acclaimed solo debut, At Sixes and Sevens (Sub Pop); the beloved Beastie-influenced local female hip-hop trio Northern State; New Orleans's own over-the-top AC/DC worshippers Supagroup, who will blast the night off with a short, early set before running up the street to CBGB for another show; Fancy, Svengali behind the astoundingly jump-ropable Brooklyn booty-brat rap threesome Fannypack; mad Ukrainian genius Eugene Hutz, whose Eastern European-American combo Gogol Bordello are on the verge of releasing their new Gypsy Punks: Underground World Strike; and Tommie Sunshine, legendary house DJ extraordinaire.

The nice folks at the fast-rising L.E.S. club Rothko have offered their space free of charge to the Voice union for the event. All proceeds from the door will benefit the union's strike fund, which will provide financial help for union members in the event that there is a strike. If there is no strike, the money will be held until the next union negotiations.

Any and all coverage will be much appreciated. Thanks.

Press contact: Ken Switzer, 212-475-3300, ext. 13220,


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