Check it out Aerosmith fans! Max's Kansas City Celebrates 40th Anniversary.
As you know, Max's Kansas City is THE place where the band kicked it in 1971 and Clive Davis signed Aerosmith to their first record deal with Columbia, showing them well on their way to becoming huge, huge, huge! Aerosmith paid homage to their Max's Kansas City roots in an MTV tribute to the band, entitled Icons. The Bad Boys performed in front of a backdrop emblazoned with the Max's logo above the Aerosmith wings emblem. The backdrop was later autographed by each member of the band and is now with Max's Project President Yvonne Sewall-Ruskin in New York for safekeeping - a gift from the band. Want to know more? Visit www.maxskansascity.com. Photo credit: www.MaxsKansasCity.com.
MAX’S KANSAS CITY’S 40th ANNIVERSARY TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6th CHARITABLE AUCTION and REUNION PARTY in partnership withGIBSON/BALDWIN at the FORMER HIT FACTORY STUDIOS 421 W 54th Street between 9th& 10th
to benefit The MAX’S KANSAS CITY PROJECT
a 501C3 non profit serving the arts and our youth communities
To reserve tickets call: 212-545-4151
On December 6, 1965, Mickey Ruskinopened the doors of the legendary restaurant/bar/club, Max's Kansas City, formerly located at 213 Park Avenue South. He provided a home away from home for everybody who was anybody- and even some nobodies. The cocktail hour free food that Mickey put out every day kept the downtown art scene alive and vital; for some, it was their meal of the day.
In commemorating Max’s 40th anniversary, we hope to recreate some of that special Max’s Magic with a live/silent auction and reunion party, featuring live entertainment, jam sessions, and raffle prizes. Proceeds will benefit and sustain the goals of the Max’s Kansas City Project, a 501C3 non profit organization established in memory of Mickey Ruskin. To honor the spirit inherent in his philosophy of helping artists in need we provide emergency funding and resources to artists in crisis. Supported entirely by volunteers, through our fundraising efforts, we have awarded 21 grants to help pay rent, food and medical bills. We hope to award double that number in 2006.
Genya Raven and her band, performance artist, comicWillard Morgan who channels Jelvis, the Jewish Elvis, and the Stilettos will be the featured talent, along with other stellar musicians and performers who are coming to jam.
Also featured: a NY Dolls Room screening “the Dolls” DVD by Bob Gruen..
The live/silent auction will feature a diverse an extraordinary array of talent: Artworks, photographs and memorabilia have been donated by many famous and outstanding artists, photographers, musicians and fashion designers who frequented or performed at Max’s over the years some of which including (partial list)
Artists Sol LeWitt, Peter Max, Lawrence Weiner, Forrest Myers, Mark di Suvero, Francine Tint, Marisol Escobar, composer Philip Glass, fashion designer Betsey Johnson, photographers William Wegman, Bob Gruen, Elliot Landy, Barry Feinstein, Billy Name, Anton Perich, Raeanne Rubenstein, musicians, Springsteen, Alice Cooper, Al Kooper, Tommy Ramone, Blondie, Billy Idol, as well as contemporary artists Norah Jones and Sheryl Crow, and filmmaker Cameron Crowe.
The Max’s 40th Anniversary fundraiser will afford us the opportunity to broaden our scope of programs . In 2006, we will launch Damage Control, an alcohol and drug prevention programfor teens. Damage Control is an online interactive cyber-mentoring program designed to educate and mentor teens on the dangers and possibleconsequences of substance abuse and addiction. The online club will featuresurprise mentors, celebrities in recovery willing to share their struggles with substance abuse in writing, a virtual livechatroom, a message board and a gallery. A video demonstration of Damage Control will be shown at the event.
Tickets: $100 live/silent auction, cocktail reception & party
$40 silent auction/party
All prepaid tickets and reserved tickets will have names listed at the door.
Checks payable to: Max’s Kansas City Project 9 Lois LaneSaugerties, NY12477