Nada Surf, Juliana Hatfield, Belly, Evan Dando and more set for ACLU benefit in Boston



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For obvious reasons, the day after St. Patrick’s Day is usually pretty quiet around Boston. This year, it’ll be louder than ever, and raising green for a great cause.


As part of the newly minted Boston Stands series, designed to raise money for the American Civil Liberties Union, a trio of players in the Boston music scene are organizing one hell of a benefit show: Taking the stage at the Paradise Rock Club on March 18 will be Nada Surf, Juliana Hatfield, Belly, Evan Dando, The Gravel Pit, Buffalo Tom’s Bill Janovitz, and host Ken Reid.

The ‘Dise event follows the Boston Stands launch, a Mardi Gras Ball ACLU benefit at ONCE Ballroom in Somerville on February 24. Led by Shaun Wolf Wortis and the Legendary Vudu Krewe, the Mardi Gras bash features performances by Dennis Brennan, Rick Berlin, Bo and Rachel Barringer, The Revelations featuring Jen D’Angora, Andrea Gillis, Erica Mantone, Jittery Jack and Miss Amy, and others.

Boston Stands is spearheaded by Wortis, Jed Parish, and Ed Valauskas, and aims to organize at least one ACLU benefit show per month around Boston. “Many musicians feel the core of American civil society is now under attack,” says Wortis in a press release. “We felt the need to do something to help protect our shared values, and to do something which brings people together.


Tickets for the March 18 benefit at the Paradise are $35 in advance and $40 day of show. They are on sale now.

“We need the ACLU now more than ever to stop the fascist takeover of the United States government,” says Hatfield, with Tanya Donelly of Belly adding: “Number 45 and his cabinet of horrors are a deadly serious threat to every hard-won battle for equality and justice fought by generations of people here. They are a threat to our country’s evolution. The ACLU has made it clear in a public statement to him that he will not succeed in undoing the good work of decades, and that his administration will not drag us backward in time. The ACLU is one of our most powerful instruments of change.”

More details on the flyer below; featured Belly photo by Matthew Shelter for Vanyaland, from their reunion gig last year at Royale.

Paradise ACLU