The Basics

Name of Cause: Emergency Aid Benefit for Antifolk Founder Lach
Purpose: To assist Lach and his family with urgent medical and utility expenses.

The Details

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Generally regarded at the founder of the music genre Antifolk, singer/songwriter, Lach, also created The Antihoot at Sidewalk (NYC’s longest-running open mic), inspired the annual Antifolk Fest, wrote hundreds of unforgettable songs, created a brand-new music scene, and nurtured, supported, and inspired two generations of singer/songwriters. He now resides in Edinburgh, Scotland where he writes and records a series for BBC Radio 4 as well as performing in the UK and working as a creative director during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

On Thursday, February 9 Antifolk Fest Night Three, New York City will give back to one of its most admired and influential performers by holding a special Lach Benefit Concert at Sidewalk NYC, 94 Avenue A. 


Featuring a stellar, all-star lineup of rock, punk rock, and antifolk superstars

Sidewalk NYC, 94 Avenue A

Thursday, February 9, 6:30 pm

Free admission, all-ages show

Lach’s wife of twenty years, Anu, is undergoing chemotherapy and other treatments for metastatic breast cancer. In order to provide the full-time care needed for Anu and their eleven year-old son, Henry, Lach is currently unable to pursue his writing, recording, performance and touring careers, which are the family’s sole source of income. Funds from the February 9 concert will be used to provide emergency direct assistance to Lach and his family, via Sweet Relief. 

The February 9 bill features a host of close Lach colleagues and friends and includes a VERY SPECIAL reunion concert by world-famous scene-setters The Washingon Squares, and a live in-person performance by celebrated artist Michelle Shocked who wowed audiences at the recent 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as well as “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” co-author Alan Merrill.

Donations are most welcome and very much needed! You do not need to attend the concert to support Lach and his family.

6:30 – Steve Espinola

7:00 – Joe Bendik

7:30 – Kirk Kelly

8:00 – WASHINGTON SQUARES – a special reunion set! –

8:30 – Peter Dizozza

9:00 – Anne Husick

9:30 – Michelle Shocked

10:30 – Dick Jokes

11:30 – Alan Merrill Trio

Sidewalk Cafe Historian/Poet Laureate Jonathan Berger will be our M.C. for the event.

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How to help

To donate online click the DONATE NOW link.

To donate by check, write check to:
The Emergency Aid Benefit for Antifolk Founder Lach at Sweet Relief

Mail to:
Sweet Relief Musicians Fund
2601 East Chapman Ave., Suite 204
Fullerton, CA 92831

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund is a 501(c)3 non-profit charity. Federal ID# 95-4443269

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