In honor of World AIDS Day (December 1), “The Epic Queen Tribute Show” is taking place at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn. Many local bands will perform covers of songs by the legendary British rock band Queen, whose original lead singer Freddie Mercury died of AIDS in 1991. Saint Vitus has generously donated the use of their space for this show, and all artists are performing without compensation so that 100% of ticket sales will be donated to the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI).
Artists performing Queen tunes at this “epic” event include Blue Coupe (featuring founding members of Blue Öyster Cult and the original Alice Cooper group),HUFF THIS!, Nick Didkovsky (of Doctor Nerve), Craig Greenberg, Corn Mo (of .357 Lover), XAVIER, Jason Trachtenburg and The Pendulum Swings, Guillotine Riot, Love Crushed Velvet, Chaos & Lace, Jesse Krakow, QRT (with Wizard of Roz), Athena Matsil, Even Twice, Matt Chiaravalle, Rob Walbourne (of Queen Orlenes), Doug Bleek, Oscar Rodriguez and more—with surprise guests!
The show will be MC’ed by NYC improv actor Katie Halper with help from Freddie Mercury look-a-like Ethan Yavin and comedian Lee Camp.
Official sponsors donating covetable raffle prizes include Pentatonic Guitars, Candy Drip clothing, DopDop Salon, and Hair Metal Salon.
Tickets to the show are $10 and may be purchased in advance at Ticketfly.com; they will also be available at the door.