Bill Popp and The Tapes
College Point, NY
Venue Address (Get Directions)R-Bar New York
Date and Time
Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 at 6:30pm
For Immediate Release (THE DADDY TAPES BENEFIT)
The28th Annual Birthday Tribute to the late George L. Popp (aka Daddy Tapes)
to benefit The American Heart Association
Bill Popp is happy to announce the 28th annual Daddy Tapes benefit for The American Heart Association will be on Wednesday March 5th starting at 6:30 PM.
This year’s event will be held at The RBar, 218 Bowery (East Village) Tel-212-334-0484
Featuring (in order of appearance)
DAVE Mc KEON
BILL POPP AND THE TAPES
The first benefit was held on Daddy Tapes' birthday March 10, 1987 at CBGB.
"My goal at the time was for the benefit to become an annual event that
would raise money through live music and help those suffering from heart
disease," says Bill Popp, founder of the event and "Daddy Tapes'" son.
"My father was my closest friend and the biggest supporter of my music
career. After his death, I wanted to keep his spirit alive, so, by doing a
benefit in his memory and donating the money to the American Heart
Association, I've done just that."
From 1993 to 2012, the benefit was held at Kenny's Castaways till Kenny’s has closed its doors in September of 2012. Since then the benefit found a new home at The RBar.
Throughout the years, the acts have been as diverse as rock legends Danny
Kalb (founder of the Blues Project), to punk cabaret singer Nellie McKay.
The Daddy Tapes Benefit has become a local institution that has raised
thousands of dollars for the American Heart Association.
The Ironic Twist ---The 20th Benefit
Four years ago in 2006, after having everything ready to go, including all the acts books, having gotten beer sponsors, plus making it a special two day event to celebrate the 20th anniversary. Popp wound up having to postpone the March event until May, because on February 22nd, 2006, he had to undergo open heart surgery, where they performed a quadruple bypass.
Popp never thought the money he raised for the American Heart Association to fight heart disease would wind up helping him.
The Daddy Tapes Story in Brief
Daddy Tapes was the backbone of his son's band, The Tapes. Instead of
retiring and moving to Florida, as he had dreamed, Daddy Tapes remained in
New York, working as a night watchman until the day he died from a heart
attack, on Nov 1st 1986, at the age of 73. He had remained in New York so his
son, Bill Popp, could live inexpensively at home and rehearse his band, "The
Tapes," for free in their basement.
Instead of recording and promoting the band, the young Popp would have been
struggling to pay for rent and rehearsal space.
Before the days of computer labels, Daddy Tapes would address over 200
envelopes by hand, sometimes more than twice a month, for the band's mailing
In the early 80's, when it was rare to see someone over the age of 45
hanging out at a rock club, there was Daddy Tapes, smoking his pipe and
cheering on his son's band.
Today, Bill Popp and The Tapes enjoy a 33 year history and counting, and
Daddy Tapes' legacy still lives on with each band rehearsal in the house he
kept for his son, where Bill still lives to this day.
For more information please call Bill Popp at 718-359-4110