Sonic Youth Expected At Knitting Factory Anniversary Bash

Sonic Youth are planning to perform during the month-long event.

New York's Knitting Factory, the pioneering downtown avant

music/dance/poetry/performance art and film club that has been the blasting-off

point for a number of avant musicians and offbeat bands (Sonic Youth, Cassandra

Wilson, Vernon Reid, Bill Frisell, Galaxie 500, Don Byron), is gearing up for a

month-long, 200 performance blow-out in honor of its tenth anniversary.

The club, which started out in a cramped, low-rent Houston street

storefront in 1987 and eventually graduated to a new, breezier space in the hip

Tribeca district in 1994, with three performance spaces, a recording studio, a

record label (Knitting Factory Works), and booking agency, has invited back

some of its famous alumni during the entire month of February (1997) to honor

the place where many of them got their chops up and where they often still play

when in town.

Among the artists expected to participate in the 28-night

extravaganza: Sonic Youth, Soul Coughing, Cibo Matto, James Blood Ulmer, Eric

Bogosian, Passengers with Debbie Harry, Alex Chilton, Luka Bloom,

David Byrne, Defunkt, Charles Gayle, They Might Be Giants, John Zorn, Skeleton

Key, Violent Femmes, and a special night of solo piano recitals from Cecil

Taylor and Philip Glass. Also penciled in for the party: Branford Marsalis, Pat

Metheny, Laurie Anderson and Bill Frisell. Performances and line-ups are not

confirmed yet, but the Knitting folks promise many more events and more artists

will be added to the list.