Artists for Mikel Mwalimu-Banks: The Fight Against FSHD
After suffering a violent fall on a Lower East Side sidewalk in 2018, Mikel Mwalimu-Banks saw a neurologist. The appointment proved a fateful turning point in his life. Mikel was diagnosed with a form of Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy, a rare genetic disease that affects the muscles of your face, shoulders, upper arms, and lower legs. The devastating diagnosis upended what was once an active life in the arts, culture, and music industries. More egregiously, the condition devastated Mikel’s ability to generate a sustainable living from his craft. Having contributed his unique style of artistry, fashion, and overall humanity to New York’s progressive Black underground scene for more than 50 years—half a century—the community he inspired and influenced is now returning the favor.
Hosts: Liza Jessie Peterson & Sharrif Simmons
Performing at 7PM: Vernon Reid (Living Color), Abioudun Oyewole and Baba Don Babatunde (The Last Poets), Burnt Sugar Arkestra conducted by Mikel Mwalimu-Banks.
Performing at 9:30PM: Marque "Innamost" Gilmore, Hundred Watt Heart w/ Captain Kirk Douglas (The Roots & Late Night w/Jimmy Fallon), Paradigm Shift
Photo Credit: Ginny Suss
$30 for the 9:30 PM show
$100 for the 7:00 PM show
(exclusive of service fees)
6PM for 7PM performance, 9PM for 9:30PM performance
For last-minute tickets, please visit our Box Office at 425 Lafayette Street. Web sales and phone sales end when doors open, and tickets may be available for in-person, walk-up sale right before the show begins.