Theatre Within, the grassroots non-profit behind the Annual John Lennon Tribute in NYC, today announced that it will present Remembering John Lennon: An Evening of Music & Memories With Those Who Knew & Worked With John on September 12 at City Winery.

Tickets are available online at, by phone at 212-608-0555 (ext 713) and at the City Winery Box Office, 155 Varick Street, NYC.

Renowned rock photographer, Bob Gruen, Producer of Double Fantasy, Jack Douglas, and legendary radio personality, Dennis Elsas, will share their personal experiences with Lennon, accompanied by rare photos, interview clips and studio recordings. They’ll be joined by R&B great Bettye LaVette, who will perform a set of Lennon classics chosen for this special event, hosted by Tribute creator (and MAD Magazine Senior Editor) Joe Raiola.

Proceeds will benefit “Friends of the Annual John Lennon Tribute,” a newly launched fundraising initiative seeking contributions to establish an endowment of $100,000. As the Tribute has grown from a small neighborhood gathering to a full scale professional production with top artists, from Cyndi Lauper to Judy Collins, Theatre Within has kept it afloat by borrowing money to cover production costs.

“That the Tribute’s lasted so long without consistent funding is miraculous,” says Theatre Within President, Irina Vekselman. “But to keep going we need meaningful financial support.”

To get the “Friends” campaign started Theatre Within enlisted support from Capitol Records, Warner Home Video, the aforementioned Bob Gruen, Bag One Arts (exclusive dealers of Lennon’s artwork) and Yoko Ono, each of whom are providing enticing thank you gifts for contributors ranging from Double Fantasy CDs signed by Yoko to limited edition John Lennon serigraphs.

The Tribute has raised money to feed the hungry, build music schools and support Hurricane Sandy relief. Proceeds this year will be shared with Spirit Foundations, founded by John and Yoko in 1978 as a vehicle for supporting charities around the world.

The Tribute will return to Symphony Space on Friday, December 6.

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Source: PR Newswire

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