Thursday, June 2, 2011

Benefit at DC9 tonight for 826DC

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 onument Music and Arts Festival has organized a benefit concert on Thursday, June 2 for 826DC, the nonprofit on the Civic Plaza that tutors kids. Here's more:

Monument Fest's One Year Birthday Celebration to Benefit 826DC
Date: Thursday, June 2
LocationDC9 (9th and U)
Time: Doors open at 8:00 pm
Tickets:   $15 in advance (available at and $17 at the door.
The CauseAll 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 PitchforkAltered 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 Other Headliner: Xylos makes sleek and infectious synth-pop, or as the New York Times puts it "iPad commercial" music.  The band just released its full-length debut, recorded by Yeasayer and Chairlift producer Britt Myers.  Stream some songs here.
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.

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