On January 21, a group of musicians will come together for an Anti-Ball, an after-party for the planned Women’s March. The concert will help raise money for Planned Parenthood.
Set to play the event, which will take place at DC’s Black Cat, are Antibalas, Wilco’s Nels Cline, TV On the Radio’s Kyp Malone, The Moldy Peaches’ Kimya Dawson, Trixie Whitley, Holly Miranda, Xenia Rubinos, Elena Canlas and Domenica Fossati of Underground Systems, Jeffrey Lewis, Kat Wright, Superhuman Happiness, Miles Francis and TEEN, with more surprise guests expected.
“Beyond being a benefit for an American institution under threat by the incoming administration and by Congress, the artists performing are making a statement with their presence,” Superhuman Happiness and Antibalas’ Stuart Bogie says. “Neither our shared culture, nor our passivity can be bought. We, just like the demonstrators, must put our lives on hold to go stand up and be heard in this fragile time for our democracy.”
Bogie’s Antibalas bandmate Martín Perna echoes the statement, saying, “As musicians, we can contribute by gathering people, motivating them, collaborating and reinforcing our shared values of social and economic justice, gender equality and reproductive rights.”
The event is part of an entire weekend of protests and events planned, including a special collaboration at Gypsy Sally’s on Friday, January 20, featuring John Kadlecik, Oteil Burbridge, Aron Magner and Jeff Franca.