While it's not technically in the neighborhood, it's a benefit for a good group in the neighborhood, so we'll take it. The
Monument Fest's One Year Birthday Celebration to Benefit 826DCDate: Thursday, June 2Location: DC9 (9th and U)Time: Doors open at 8:00 pmTickets: $15 in advance (available at http://www.ticketalternative.
com/Events/14148.aspx) and $17 at the door.The Cause: All proceeds will go to 826DC, the local affiliate of Dave Egger's creative writing nonprofit organization. The organization is dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.The Headliner: Guards is the latest project of Richie James Follin, former frontman of The Willowz and current member of buzz band Cults. Guards makes a slightly warped version of 60s pop and classic rock with big hooks and spacey atmospherics. The band has garnered attention from Pitchfork, Altered Zones, and The Guardian UK, among others. Everything Guards has recorded so far can be streamed at its bandcamp page. For for more information check out its Windish Agency page.The Opener: Monument co-founder Brandon Minow will kick the night off with a rare solo performance.The Beer: Award-winning California brewery Lagunitas has donated a ton of delicious beer, which we will be selling for very cheap, with proceeds to 826DC.About Monument: The Monument Music and Arts Festival engages bands and their fans in forward-thinking causes. In the past year, it has raised awareness - and $15,000 - for local nonprofits such as We Are Family, Dreams for Kids, DC Greenworks and Citizen Effect.