Earlier this year Benjamin Curtis from School of Seven Bells was diagnosed with T-Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma. Currently he's undergoing chemo and awaiting a bone marrow transplant. It's an understatement to say it's been a really rough year so far. As well as being a ridiculously awesome musician and an excellent Cranium player, Ben is just an all-around great person, optimistic to the core, and everyone who meets him loves him.
His friends, along with Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, Wiz Kid Mgmt, and New York-based creative agency GŌST, have rallied together for this benefit show which will take place at the Bowery Hotel in New York City on August 22. Absolutely 100% of the funds raised will go to Ben's extensive treatment and to help with his recovery.
Interpol's Paul Banks will headline alongside Albert Hammond Jr. of The Strokes, with both performing songs from their respective solo projects. Alexa Chung, DJ MomJeans AKA Danny Masterson, and Fabrizio Moretti and Devendra Banhart will spin throughout the night. New York restaurant Hudson Clearwater will provide all the food.
During the event, guests will be able to bid via a silent auction on items and experiences donated by artists including The Black Keys, The Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Regina Spektor, Vampire Weekend, The Hives, Brian Bell, Adam Green, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and the Polyphonic Spree.
The auction will also include donations from New York Knicks, New York Rangers, designers Philip Lim and John Varvatos, comedians David Cross and Aziz Ansari, Tim Saccenti photography, Brooklyn Cruiser Bicycles, Playdate Bike Club, actor Zachary Quinto, Saturday Night Live, The Late Show with David Letterman, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
Bidding on the biggest auction items will continue online at for one week after the event, while other auction items will conclude on the night. Additional guests will be announced in the run up to the show.
The Bowery Terrace, The Bowery Hotel, August 22, from 8pm-1am. Get tickets in advance now, [right here](http://www.ticketfly.com/event/329035 ).
Tier I: $100 includes admission, a limited edition/numbered copy of the School of Seven Bells vinyl EP, entitled Put Your Sad Down, which has been pressed and printed specifically for this event. Plus a limited-edition Barking Irons designer t-shirt commemorating the event, designed by graphic artist Blanda Eggenschwiler. Tier II: $65 includes admission and the vinyl EP. Tier III: $40 includes admission only. Come show your support.