New York rock band Hey Guy, and their indie label Naughty Brains Records, launch philanthropy project ROCK GOOD in New York City on Thursday, September 15, 2011 with a benefit concert featuring Shinobi Ninja + Hey Guy @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn. The concert will raise money for 200 Orphanages Worldwide to directly support construction and furnishing for the House of Precious orphanage in Cameroon at the end of September. Peculiar Gentlemen, Against the Wall, Exes of Evil, and Ill Pastel will also be performing. ROCK GOOD began as the vision of Leo Pelekh, co-founder of Naughty Brains and bassist for Hey Guy, flanking his brother lead singer/songwriter Boris. “I heard about Monique’s lead role with House of Precious from a friend of a friend, and was immediately struck by the fact that we could use our talent to make a direct difference for the HIV/AIDS orphan kids in Cameroon,” Pelekh said. “A concert to raise funds made sense cause musicians have big hearts.” To help rally the NY music scene for the cause, Pelekh reached out to fellow large-hearts Shinobi Ninja, kings of BK party rock, and Manager Steve Sternschein, who agreed to help organize the event. Former NYC resident Monique Aiken is heading the House of Precious fundraising effort and is the link between all the acting organizations; she will be participating hands-on in the construction of the orphanage in Cameroon this Fall. Inspired by the mission of The Angel of Mercy project, earlier this year, Aiken was moved to action and sought to collaborate with an organization that serves orphans, which lead her to 200 Orphanages Worldwide. She mobilized her friends to host a fundraiser in her current home of Houston and reached out to her NYC connections for the cause, through whom she met Pelekh. “The project in Cameroon will cost about $50,000 and with help from Monique Aiken and others who’ve adopted the House of Precious efforts, they’ve raised more than half of the funds,” explains Jan Hanson, Executive Director of 200 Orphanages Worldwide. Unlike many aid projects, 100% of funds donated will go directly to materials and furnishings for the House of Precious. In addition to projects like this one in Cameroon, “our mission is ultimately to raise funds for 200 orphanages or more worldwide and we have about 6 orphanages we’ve helped since we started in 2008,” explains Hanson. Among other things, 200 Orphanages Worldwide has raised funds for security fences around orphanages in Rwanda, Haiti and Uganda. House of Precious is a specific orphanage project to aid in the building of wells and more permanent housing for orphans and others afflicted with HIV/AIDS; it will be overseen by Aiken and Angels of Mercy in collaboration with 200 Orphanages Worldwide. Quite perfectly, the chance meeting between Pelekh and Aiken proved to be the ideal intersection of Pelekh’s personal interests and professional ambitions. As the heart of Hey Guy, Russian-born Boris and Leo, aka The Brothers Pelekh, advocate fiercely for pre-fame philanthropy, finding it a shame that many successful musicians wait till they are as famous, hedonistic, and wealthy as possible before finding a way to give back by way of mentoring and/or monetizing charitable causes; and worse still, that many don’t give back at all. This philosophy planted a seed for ROCK GOOD that now has roots, and a mission to rally local musicians to participate in charitable concerts and activities that aim for global impact; more lingo @ www.ROCKGOOD.org General Admission and ROCK GOOD VIP packages, which include an open bar, swag bag, and additional perks are on sale at rockgood.eventbrite.com.
CD Release show
Stripped down and nekkid! Gonna play an acoustic show on Saturday August 20th at The Bitter End in New York City. That’s right – just me and a hunk of wood. I’ll be coercing sweet sounds of new songs, old songs and a couple of fun melancholy covers. Seriously- I haven’t played anything resembling an acoustic set since high school at the local coffee shop (yeah, I was one of those douche bags). This will be fun! It’s early too – so you can get on and have yourselves a lovely dinner and bondage show afterwards. I know how you roll. 7PM SHARP $7 Cover The Bitter End 147 Bleecker Street (between Thompson and LaGuardia) New York City, NY 10012
iLL Pastel's First Live Acoustic Show
We are recording our acoustic set with Eidolon pictures...MSG us if you would like to attend iLLPastel.com
Sounds Like: Radiohead
Bio: iLL Pastel was formed in early 2009 as our protective bubble through which to explore and be shielded from the snarling, beautiful beast that is the city of New York and it's funny little tendency to devour whole any desperate or searching soul curious and foolish enough to be tempted towards tho...See Full Bio