Grief, truth be told, is really just love. Or love lost. Grieving stems not from the death itself but from the loss of the person. It is the loss of laughter, the love, and the connections past, present, and future that we mourn. Anticon Records knows that it’s easier to deal with grief by flipping the script. And to properly celebrate a loved one’s life, you need nothing more than a time, a place, and friends and family that knew and appreciated the loved one best.
Doubling as its china anniversary, the “20 Years of Anticon: A Celebration of the Life of Brendon ‘Alias’ Whitney” benefit concert will take place Monday, June 25 at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles, with all proceeds from ticket sales going to Whitney’s wife and children. The full line-up of performances and DJ sets includes the following Anticon acts and friends: Baths, Yoni Wolf, Doseone, Fog, Aceyalone, Dntel, Dosh, Jel, Pedestrian, Odd Nosdam, Daddy Kev, Tarsier, D33J (DJ), Hymie’s Basement, Themselves, Matthewdavid, Rituals of Mine (DJ), Subtle3, Antonionian, Bomarr, Thanksgiving Brown, Sodapop, and P-Minus. For tickets, head here.
Whitney, co-founder of Anticon and rapper/producer who recorded under the alias “Alias” passed away at the age of 41 following a heart attack on March 30. Besides the benefit concert celebration, a GoFundMe memorial campaign started by friends on behalf of Whitney and his wife, Jenn, and two children, Aiko and Inara, remains open for anyone wanting to contribute a heartfelt and much-appreciated donation.