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Tonic Hosts Red Cross Benefit Shows

To help the American Red Cross as it struggles to assist victims of terrorism in New York and Washington, inveterate experimenter and boundary-crosser John Zorn has organized a series of benefit concerts featuring musicians prominent in lower Manhattan’s musical landscape. The shows are being held at Tonic, which is co-producing the series.

Tonight’s concert features Zorn’s Masada, a group that combines the influence of his beloved Ornette Coleman with Yiddish music, and Marc Ribot’s Cubanos Postisos.

Tomorrow, trumpeter/composer Dave Douglas takes the stage with his group Witness. Art-rocker Arto Lindsay will also perform. Friday night brings exuberant, eclectic drummer Milford Graves, along with the playful Cibo Matto from Japan.

At Saturday’s concert, pianist Matthew Shipp will take the stage with saxophonist Rob Brown, followed by a performance by Bill Laswell.

All shows start at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25, and all proceeds will go to the American Red Cross. For more information, call Tonic at (212) 358-7504.

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