About six months ago Ba Da Bing founder Ben Goldberg called with an idea: a charity concert for Chris Knox, a legendary New Zealand musician who had just suffered a life-altering stroke last summer. He began listing the many musicians who named Knox as one of their influences and inspirations, and it wasn’t hard to get starry-eyed about the potential an event might hold.
Fast forward to noon today, when that same concert went up for sale on Kickstarter with an eye-popping lineup: Yo La Tengo, the Clean, Kyp Malone from TV on the Radio, Claudia Gonson from Magnetic Fields, Portastatic, Dimmer, Sharon Van Etten, and — most notably — Jeff Mangum, the infamously reclusive and blindingly talented man behind Neutral Milk Hotel. It took less than twenty minutes for the 500 tickets to sell out, instantly making it Kickstarter’s best-performing project to date.
Not only does this mean that there are 500 very happy indie rock fans in NYC today, it also means more than $40,000 to help with Knox’s recovery. We were proud to play a role in this project, and we can’t wait for the concert itself. We just wanted to thank all the performers and backers — we feel genuine wonder at what everyone has so rapidly accomplished. See you May 6th!