Tribute for late D.C. guitarist Chris Grier set for Friday at Velvet Lounge

The sudden death of guitarist Chris Grier, a Washington-area native whose musical projects included a run in the experimental band To Live and Shave in L.A., and collaborations with Andrew W.K., Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and onetime Butthole Surfers frontman Gibby Haynes, sent a wave of grief across the  experimental music community in July. Grier, who no longer lived in Washington but had performed at such venues as the Capital Fringe Festival, died in New York of what To Live and Shave in L.A. bandmate Tom Smith described as a pulmonary embolism.  (The City Paper has a thorough accounting of Grier's life that's worth reading.)

On Friday, his friend and most recent musical collaborator Scott Verrastro (of the experimental noise act Kohoutek and the former  DIY venue 611 Florida) will host a local memorial to Grier that will include, naturally, plenty of the music that defined his life. The show at Velvet Lounge will feature Kohoutek, of which Grier was a longtime member; legendary noise anti-hero Rat Bastard, who's on the upcoming To Live and Shave in L.A. record; local experimental musician Layne Garrett; Max Ochs and Insect Factory. Cover is $8, and the show is 21 and older. Doors are at 8 p.m.

Watch: Grier, right, performs with Gibby Haynes.


Lavanya Ramanathan is a features reporter for Style.



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