Published Feb 08, 2010Friends and musical allies of the dearly departed Vic Chesnutt are planning a fitting tribute to the singer-songwriter on February 19 and 20 in his hometown of Athens, GA.
According to the Future of Music Coalition, the two-night live tribute to Chesnutt is being billed as "A Celebration of Vic Chesnutt's Life and Music" and will feature performances by Chesnutt's band-mates Guy Picciotto (Fugazi) and Silver Mt. Zion, as well as Sparklehorse's Mark Linkous, Giant Sand's Howe Gelb, Elf Power and Lambchop, among many others.
Proceeds from the shows will go towards Chesnutt's health care debts. Much speculation has been made that the large debt could have been the prevailing reason for his suicide.
The host of the shows, the Future of Music Coalition, is a national nonprofit organization celebrating independent music and ensuring musicians get compensated fairly for their art, as well as advocating that music fans have easy access to the work of independent artists. The organization includes such names as Dischord Records' Ian MacKaye and Kill Rock Stars' Slim Moon on their board of directors.
As has been widely reported, Chesnutt died on Christmas Day in an Athens hospital after overdosing on muscle relaxants only two weeks after finishing up a much-heralded Canadian tour with Picciotto and members of Silver Mt. Zion as his backing band. He was 45 years old.
A Celebration of Vic Chesnutt's Life and Music @ the 40 Watt Club in Athens, GA:
Daniel Hutchens (of Bloodkin)
Jack Logan and Kelly Keneipp
Dave Barbe & the Quick Hooks
Todd McBride and Rob Veal
Curtiss Pernice and Sam Mixon
Flash to Bang Time
Todd Nance and William Tonks
Will Johnson (of Centro-matic)
Guy Picciotto and Mt. Zion