I was fortunate enough to meet ARI UP (AKA Ariane Forster -TheSlits/Madussa/TrueWarriors) last year The Slits played a reunion show @ Webster Hall. My good friend Maria Blueghost took me to see them saying "you gotta meet Ari" she's such a sweetheart! And she was :)
On October 16, 2010 ARI UP passed away due to a serious illness at the age of 48.
In honor of the memory of the legendary Ari Up a/k/a Ariane Forster, lead singer of the pioneering girl punk band the Slits, True Warriors and more, Dunia Best and Aram Sinnreich (Brave New Girl, Agent 99), the Punk Professor Vivien Goldman, Joly McFie of Punkcast.com and friends are throwing a PUNKY REGGAE PARTY on January 16, 2011 at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Participating artists, led by Musical Director Ira Heaps, include original and current members of the Slits, including Tessa Pollitt, Hollie Cook, Neneh Cherry and AnnA Ozawa; Bruce Smith of PiL and the Slits; members of Brave New Girl; Band Droidz; legendary Beefheart guitarist Gary Lucas; Afrobeat superstar Wunmi Olaiya; Felice Rosser (Faith); Dee Pop (Bush Tetras, Radio I-Ching); Lizzi Bougatsis (Gang Gang Dance); Afro-Punk avatar Tamar-Kali, King Django; Honeychild Coleman; Barbara Gogan (The Passions); Sherleen Nubro; Lisa Samuels and many luminaries from the punk and reggae worlds backed by Ira Heaps and the True Warriors performing classic Slits hits, dancehall and previously unheard originals by Ari Up. Lyrical Readings and Remembrances by Michael Patrick McDonald, Greg Tate, Sara Marcus (Girls To The Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution) and Angela Jaeger (ex-Pigbag).
Plus never before seen video footage and MORE SURPRISE GUESTS.
WHEN:Sunday January 16, 2011
Doors: 7:00 PM / Show: 8:00 PM
WHERE:Music Hall of Williamsburg
66 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NYC
Tickets are available at http://bit.ly/ariupshow
Cost: $15 in advance; $20 day of event.
Proceeds will benefit the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital