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Sonic Youth and Yoko Ono to Perform at Miller Theatre Benefit

Ranked one of the greatest guitarists of all time by Rolling Stone, Thurston Moore is the front man for Sonic Youth. He's a big deal. Oh yeah, and he'll be here.

Huzzah! Miller Theatre has just announced a concert on Sunday, March 27 to raise money for relief efforts in Japan. The benefit, curated by New Music scenester John Zorn, features Sonic Youth, Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, Cibo Matto, and many others the bill describes as “innovative artists at the intersection of indie rock, contemporary jazz, and avant-garde performance.”

Tickets are available here. $25 discount balcony seats for students.

Press release after the jump!

Miller Theatre at Columbia University SCHOOL OF THE ARTS
presents a benefit concert for Japan
hosted by JOHN ZORN and featuring
with Mike Patton, Mephista, Marc Ribot, Uri Caine, and Zorn’s Aleph Trio

100% of proceeds will be donated to support Japan earthquake relief efforts

Sunday, March 27, 8:00 PM

Tickets: $50, $100 · Students Tickets: $25

Sunday, March 27, 8:00PM
Concert to Benefit Japan Earthquake Relief

More than a dozen innovative artists at the intersection of indie rock, contemporary jazz, and avant-garde performance will come together at Miller Theatre to present a benefit concert to support recovery efforts in Japan.  “The tragedy and devastation is really overwhelming,” says John Zorn, who has organized and will host the evening.  “I’ve always felt a strong personal connection to Japan, and I’m just glad to be able to do my part to help.  It should be an amazing night.”

The lineup includes feature performances by musician and artist Yoko Ono, and her son Sean Lennon; Japanese-American indie duo Cibo Matto; and the influential band Sonic Youth.  Vocalist Mike Patton will appear as a special guest, and Mephista, Marc Ribot, Uri Caine, and John Zorn’s Aleph Trio will also play short sets.

Both the performers and the theater are donating their services, ensuring that 100% of proceeds from ticket sales will go to benefit the victims of the earthquake and tsunami that hit near Sendai on March 11.  Funds will be donated to the Japan Society’s Earthquake Relief Fund.

ARTISTS:    Sonic Youth
Yoko Ono
Sean Lennon
Cibo Matto (Yuka Honda & Miho Hatori)
Mike Patton, vocals
Mephista (Susie Ibarra, drums; Sylvie Courvoisier, piano; Ikue Mori, electronics)
Marc Ribot, guitar
Uri Caine, piano
Aleph Trio (John Zorn, saxophone; Trevor Dunn, bass; Kenny Wollesen, drums)

Columbia University’s Miller Theatre is located north of the Main Campus Gate
at 116th St. & Broadway on the ground floor of Dodge Hall.

For tickets, the public should call the Miller Theatre Box Office at 212/854-7799, M–F, 12–6PM.
Tickets can also be purchased online at

For further information, press tickets, and to arrange interviews,
please contact Aleba Gartner Associates at 212/206-1450 or

For photos, please contact Charlotte Landrum at 212/854-2380 or

Programs and artists are subject to change.

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  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Holy shit this is amazing

    1. umm says:

      @umm if by amazing you mean lame then yes, totally amazing.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Student prices at lerner only??

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Nope, just got mine online for student price (comes to $27.75 with convenience charge). You do have to pick them up in Lerner though (to verify student ID).

    2. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Wait, I lied. You have to get them at the box office will call, not Lerner.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Thought this was Bacchanal for a second. Got scared.

    1. fuck you says:

      @fuck you this would have been the best bacchanal of all time. go jerk off to mumford and sons

      1. fuck you says:

        @fuck you Its ke$ha.

        1. bird says:

          @bird just actually got word from jody that JEFF BECK IS HEADLINING BACCHANAL!!!!!!!

    2. Anonymous says:

      sonic youth and you got scared? seriously.
      have fun with ke$ha

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous reaction was much more to Yoko Ono than Sonic Youth

  • Charlotte Landrum says:

    @Charlotte Landrum Hi guys, Charlotte here, Associate Director of Marketing & Outreach for Miller. A limited number of student tickets are available online. Just select one of the balcony sections and then you’ll be able to pick the student price. We will check IDs when you come pick up at the box office. One ID entitles you to two discounted tickets.

    Full disclosure: We do expect this to sell out quickly, and we have to put a limit on the number of student tickets so we can send as much money as possible to Japan. That’s our primary goal, but we wanted to make the event accessible to students. Of course, if you can afford to give $50, that’s awesome, and you can buy regular seats.

    1. update says:

      @update Handful of student tickets left in balcony right only…

    2. hey charlotte says:

      @hey charlotte wanna go out?

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous what is a mumford and sons?

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous this was in reply to “fuck you”

  • fuck says:

    @fuck YEEEAH

  • arghshmargh says:

    @arghshmargh student tickets sold out :/

  • i wanna go :( says:

    @i wanna go :( I guess I’ll just have to stand outside miller and press my ear against the wall

    1. Or... says:

      @Or... You could buy one of the limited-edition posters we’re hoping to print. All proceeds will go to the relief fund. More info soon. (-Charlotte)

      1. Thinking too small says:

        @Thinking too small Get a film crew and have a DVD made. Upload it to youtube under the pay per view plan. Now you can charge much more.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous totally sold out. this was announced yesterday, right? bummer.

  • You says:

    @You called her Yoko.

    Oh no I didn’t!

  • Fan girl says:

    @Fan girl I fucking love Yoko.

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