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.