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Knitting Factory Celebrates 20th Anniversary With Benefit

Michael Dorf, the founder and former CEO of New York City venue the Knitting Factory, announced plans to hold a 20th anniversary concert to benefit the Stone, a non-profit performance space in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, founded by experimental maverick and Tzadik label owner John Zorn.

Artists scheduled to participate in the performance include Zorn, experimental performance artist Laurie Anderson, Blue Note artist and clarinetist Don Byron, sax giant Joe Lovano, former Velvet Underground member Lou Reed, guitar explorers Lee Ranaldo and Marc Ribot, and groove-funk favorites Medeski, Martin & Wood.

The “Old Knit” (later the Knitting Factory) was created by Dorf in 1987, and has survived the recent closure of two other prominent downtown music clubs (CBGB’s and The Bottom Line). For 20 years the club has been home to many musicians whose music does not fit neatly into the categories of jazz or rock, hosting a wide spectrum of artists from Cassandra Wilson to Sonic Youth.

The Old Knit 20th Anniversary Concert will be held on March 1st, at Town Hall in New York City. Note that Dorf’s show is not officially affiliated with the current Knitting Factory venue; a Knitting Factory spokesperson indicated that it will be holding its own series of 20th anniversary festivities this spring and that an announcement is forthcoming.

The show starts at 8 p.m., and the cost to attend ranges from $25 to $52, depending on seating. Tickets may be purchased by calling (212) 307-4100, or online at

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