Philly’s music scene lost a true friend, supporter and participant a few months back when Daniel James Krawiec left this plane. As many folks in a variety of scenes here could tell you, Dan lived for music, and liked nothing more than going to to shows and rocking the fuck out. Not only was Dan one of the very, very few R5 Productions lifetime pass holders, he also threw a show/party every year on his birthday. With that in mind, Dan’s friends have decided to continue the tradition, and so Anchorfest will take place next Friday, July 27th, at Union Transfer with a whole bill of bands that were near and dear to Dan — not least of them, The Dead Milkmen, who’ve just been announced as the surprise headliner. Proceeds go to Providence West Chester, and tickets are available here. Punk Rock Dan would not have had it any other way.
After the jump, a few words about the show from Dan’s good friend, Ben Kravitz.
As most of you know my brother Daniel James Krawiec was sadly taken away from us on April 28th of this year. He was known and loved by so many for his unconditional love and presence, his infectious laugh, his ability to turn one of your worst days into one of the best with some sort of selfless outlandish gesture, and as such a rare breed of friend that the word friend would never be able to justify the connection you shared with him. He was our Brother. This is why you should attend this event.. Music was always the biggest part of Dan’s life whether it was playing in bands, traveling, writing, listening, sharing, critiquing, or whatever it was. And every year on Dan’s birthday (July 28th) he would have some sort of birthday show/party. I feel the best way I can honor his memory is by keeping that tradition alive and putting on the greatest birthday show I could think of for him.This bill is filled with bands that Dan has loved, supported, toured with, played in, and played his favorite shows with. Including one of his all time favorite bands who will be the special guest headliner. I will be performing alongside Andy in Dan’s place for The Great Northern set as well as my brother Josiah, Farquar Muckenfuss is reuniting after ten years to play, Mercury Radio Theater, Blayer Pointdujour & The Rockers Galore, Women will be reuniting to perform with Matt Schenk playing in Dan’s place, One of Dan’s favorite DJs (Architekt) will be spinning all of Dan’s favorite music in between sets, and I will also be doing a solo set performing some of the music Dan has inspired me to write over the years. Another great thing is all of the proceeds go towards Providence West Chester, the non-profit community center/church that Dan became very involved in through his last stretch of recovery. We will be using that money to start up different activity and support groups for recovering addicts at the community center. Which is exactly what he would have wanted. Sorry this was so long, guys. Please come out and make this show awesome! Also a huge thanks to Sean Agnew, R5 Productions, and all the bands playing for their efforts to get involved. July 27th, doors at at 5pm, show starts at 5:30pm, tickets are $12 and you can purchase them at www.r5productions.com
R.I.P. Dan..We can’t wait to feel you in that room with us!