line-up of artists will appear at this year's Tibetan Freedom Concert,
including R.E.M. members Michael Stipe and Mike Mills, Patti Smith, A
Tribe Called Quest, Porno For Pyros, Sonic Youth, Pavement and
The concert will take place at Downing Stadium, Randalls Island in New
York City on Saturday, June 7th and Sunday, June 8th, it was announced
today. It will benefit the Milarepa Fund, which in turn funds a number
of educational projects relating to the plight of the Tibetan people,
On June 7th, the artists confirmed to appear are: A Tribe Called Quest,
the Beastie Boys, Biz Markie, Bjork, Chaksam-Pa, De La Soul, Foo
Fighters, Ben Harper and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. Sunday's show
will feature Pavement, Porno For Pyros, Radiohead, Rancid, Patti Smith,
Sonic Youth, Michael Stipe and Mike Mills, and Taj Mahal.
Additional artists are expected to be announced in the weeks to come.
Pavement guitarist/singer Scott Kannberg told ATN in early February that
the group would be playing this year's festival, and that they'd had a
great time at last year's event. "That was the best concert experience
we've ever had," said Kannberg. "Just the way they put it on, and the
whole vibe to it was really good. It was cool."
Last year the concert--which attracted about 50,000 people per day--was
put on by the Milarepa Fund working with San Francisco's Bill Graham
Productions; over $800,000 was raised for the Milarepa Fund. This year,
the Milarepa Fund will be working with the New York-based
Delsener-Slater concert production company.
Milarepa was co-founded by the Beastie Boys and Erin Potts. The Milarepa
Fund organization is dedicated to raising awareness about the oppression
experienced by the Tibetan people since the occupation of Tibet by the