“ROCK4RORZ”, a one-night only benefit concert on April 29th, will take place at Brooklyn’s The Bell House.
Posted on: 04/09/2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 30, 2009
Contact: Chandra Ratner/Jacques del Conte
boxerbabe productions presents:
“rock out for a cure “
Hosted by Norman Reedus
April 29, 2009 [Wed] at
Location: Bell House 149 7th Street, Brooklyn
Tickets: $20 Adv/$25 Door/$75 VIP Packages
New York City – “ROCK4RORZ”, a one-night only benefit concert on April 29th, will take place at Brooklyn’s The Bell House. Hosted by Norman Reedus, the event promises to be a power-packed concert by some of New York’s hottest new bands to support Rory O’Sullivan, a young artist diagnosed with brain cancer in 2008. Brooklyn’s finest musicians and greatest concert venue will donate time, space and talent to create an energized, one-night only event to benefit O’Sullivan and to raise awareness about brain cancer which is increasingly found in young adults ages 20 to 39. Performers include Amazing Baby, Acrylics, Golden Triangle, White Williams,MountOlympus, Further Reductions,the rappersGeorge Positive & Spiderfang, DJs Ben Brunnemerand Alex Dirtttand a rare appearance by The Fugs.
Rory O’Sullivan and Friends
Rory O’Sullivan, a 2007 graduate of the VancouverFilmSchool, moved to New York City soon after graduation to pursue a career in film. At 23 years old, and less than one year after moving to New York City, O’Sullivan was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer. A promising filmmaker, DJ and visual artist O’Sullivan worked on several major films and commercials in New York City including the critically acclaimed documentary Wild Combinationby Matt Wolf, about the late avant-garde composer Arthur Russell.
Participating artists are performing because of their personal connection to Rory and the O’Sullivan family. The evening will include a rare appearance by the legendary 1960s poet-rock band The Fugs with original members Ed SandersandTuli Kupferburg, as well as lead guitarist/vocalist Steven Taylor, who is O’Sullivan’s uncle. Other family connections include Further Reductions' Shawn O’Sullivan, Rory’s brother and his cousins Michael Guggino of Brooklyn-based Mount Olympusand DJ Alex Ratner aka Alex Dirttt. Many of the participating musicians from bands such as Amazing Baby and Acrylicsinclude friends of both Shawn O’Sullivan and event co-producer Jacques del Conte.
Del Conte, a photographer for Vanity Fair and Chandra Ratner, who works for Simon & Schuster (yet another O’Sullivan cousin), co-founded boxerbabe productions to produce the benefit. “Rory is a role model for us. His creativity and courage facing brain cancer inspires so many people,” says Ratner. “The support we’ve received from artists has been overwhelming. The collective energy of so many creative people will help Rory and raise awareness about brain tumors, which, according to experts, will reach epidemic proportions within the next decade.”
Brain Cancer Research
While most of the proceeds from the evening will help to off-set O’Sullivan’s escalating medical expenses, Rory hopes the event will also help raise awareness for brain cancer research. Some of the more staggering statistics include the following:
Within the next 12 months, over 200,000 people in the U.S.A. will be diagnosed with a primary or metastatic brain tumors.
Brain tumors are the leading cause of solid tumor cancer deaths in children.
Brain tumors are the second leading cause of cancer deaths in young adults ages 20 to 39.
For more information about brain tumors and recent research and virtual trials please contact The Heroes of Hope Grey Ribbon Crusade (http://www.greyribboncrusade.org) an organization which provides support for those affected by the disease and serves as a hub, allowing people to gather information and share resources, while providing a vehicle for fundraising. The site offers a unique opportunity to place increased hope on the horizon, by gaining knowledge of, discussing and funding prospective research projects that may soon lead to a cure.
For more information on participating bands visit http://www.rock4rorz.com
Additional in-kind support has been provided by: pritygrl, My Open Bar, Spin Magazine, Windish Agency, The Bell House, Halcyon, Danspace Project, Samantha’s Confectionary, Kristen Baganz Designs, refinery29, and Jewelry Television. Photographs have been donated by artists Coley Brown, Daniel Gordon and Reka Reisenger.