One Night Only: The Velvet Underground Pay Tribute to Nico and Allen Ginsberg
JOHN CALE: Life Along the Borderline: A Tribute to Nico (BAM)
Also featuring: Greg Dulli (The Afghan Whigs, The Twilight Singers, The Gutter Twins), Nick Franglen (Lemon Jelly, Blacksand) , Kim Gordon, Joan as Police Woman , The Magnetic Fields , Mercury Rev , Alison Mosshart (The Kills) , Meshell Ndegeocello, Peaches , Sharon Van Etten, Yeasayer
The bad news: Cale's Nico tribute has long since sold out. The good news: If you scored a ticket, you get to see one hell of a star-studded lineup paying homage to the husky-voiced Warhol darling and comrade-in-art to the Velvet Underground. In addition to his solo work (which includes October's Shifty Adventures in Nookiewood, his first album since 2005), Cale has been helming projects that revel in Nico's work for the past 20 years, namely the score for a ballet about her and the first performance of Life Along the Borderline in London in 2008. Featuring the Fiery Furnaces, Peter Murphy, Mark Lanegan, Mark Linkous (Sparklehorse), Lisa Gerrard (Dead Can Dance) and more, the 2008 lineup was a superlative group of musicians. 2013's roster falls in line with this astronomical standard set by Cale as the best of Brooklyn and Manhattan gather at BAM to contribute their talents to Nico's legacy.
For those interested in Cale's work post-Velvet Underground, he'll be accompanied by the Wordless Music Orchestra at BAM on January 18 and 19 for a performance of 1973's Paris 1919 in its entirety, along with songs from Shifty Adventures in Nookiewood.