New York’s Jesse Malin and Music Friends Come Together for a Cause


Velvet Elk Second Annual Holiday Party, Bowery Ballroom

New York’s Jesse Malin and his music friends rock out for a Wheelchair Fund. The musician and his friends came together at Bowery Ballroom for a cause. Hometown NYC punker Jesse Malin — with the help of more than a dozen of his musician and band friends — rocked it out last night for Natty B’s Positive Panther Wheelchair Fund benefit concert in New York City. One hundred percent of the proceeds benefit the cause. The concert doubled as the second annual Velvet Elk Holiday Party, Malin’s record label.

malineventflyer_70-elgThe Venue: The Bowery Ballroom. The Date: Sunday, December 10, 2016. The Crowd: a sell-out comprised of fans and friends from largely the east coast. The Benefit: Natty B’s Positive Panther Wheelchair Fund. The Line-Up: star-studded, local New York City bands and international acts.

The Star-Studded Benefit Show Order of Appearance: Opening sets by Richard Bacchus (Jesse’s former D Generation bandmate); Tommy Stinson’s Cowboys in the Campfire; Don DiLego & The Touristas, Jesse Malin performing with his full band. Followed by an all-star performance tribute of the Rolling Stones’ Goats Head Soup with special guests including Joan Jett, Hollis Brown, Joseph Arthur, Tad Kubler (Hold Steady), Diane Gentile, Holly Ramos, Mr. Pharmacist and Walter Schreifels (Quicksand) and more.

Joan Jett closed out the show with Jesse Malin

Joan Jett closed out the show with Jesse Malin

Natty B., Positive Panther: Natty B. is a music lover. She worked on Jesse Malin and his bands tour — working for them in many capacities — merchandising, driving, and oft-times, tour managing. She became an integral part of the band’s touring team — providing a soothing comfort especially during the chaos and frenzy that goes along with hectic tours. Eventually, Nathalie went on to work with many other artists, including Martha Wainwright, Tommy Stinson, We Are Scientists, etc., but the friendship and fondness for Natty B. remains constant.

The Cause: Natty B’s Positive Panther Wheelchair Fund: The Jesse Malin special benefit shows will raise money for Nathalie to buy a new wheelchair. In 2006, Natty B., the Positive Panther, was diagnosed with Leukemia and in 2010, struck with paralysis.  NYC:  December 10th at the Bowery Ballroom and LA: January 26th at the Roxy.

Here are a few photos from last night’s Benefit:

Hollis Brown & Jesse Malin

Hollis Brown & Jesse Malin


















If you missed out at The Bowery Ballroom, you have another chance to see an incredible music show for an even more incredible cause next month in Los Angeles at The Roxy, January 26.  Tickets are available through TicketFly.  Can’t make it to LA?  You can still support the cause by buying a limited edition “Positive Panther” T-Shirt; all proceeds benefit the Wheelchair Fund. Visit:  — Abbe is Socially Sparked. @sosparkednews

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