The Beastie Boys have proven they still have "the skills to pay the bills," raising more than $125,000 for New York victims of September's terrorist attacks with a pair of benefit concerts they spearheaded in October.
The money will benefit the New York Women's Foundation's Disaster Relief Fund and the New York Association for New Americans Inc.'s September 11 Fund For New Americans, according to the Beastie Boys' publicist. The recipients were chosen because of their commitment to help those least likely to receive aid from other major fund-raising sources.
The Milarepa Fund, a nonprofit organization supporting the Tibetan people's nonviolent struggle to regain independence, will oversee the disbursement of funds.
The New Yorkers Against Violence concerts, organized by Milarepa and the Beastie Boys, took place October 28 and 29 at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom. The first show featured performances by the Strokes, Rival Schools, the B-52's and Cibo Matto (see "Beastie Boys Kick Off Benefits With Peaceful Sonic Assault").
The following night was highlighted by a surprise appearance by Moby, Michael Stipe and Bono, among sets by N*E*R*D, Mos Def, the Roots and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion (see "Beasties, Bono Can't Upstage The Roots At Second NY Benefit"). The Beastie Boys and Pakistani Qawwali singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan performed at both concerts.
For more information on and audience reaction to the attacks, including tips on how you can help, see "9.11.01: Moving Forward."
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