Enjoy SASSAS’ take on covers from Kiss to early Sonic Youth and Rudimentary Peni at the annual Blast! benefit party and art auction on Sunday, August 13 from 4 – 8pm. Blast!  is MC’d by Jack Black and Tanya Haden and hosted by Blum & Poe with music by artist Jon Pylychuk’s KISK, post punk tribute band Purity plus Dublab DJs Ale Cohen & Jasmin Blasco spinning favorite cover tunes. All tickets include dinner and drinks.
Blast!  ticket prices
$75 General Admission
$50 SASSAS Members
$40 Students with ID
Bring the kids!
$15 General admission kids under 14
$8 SASSAS Members Kids under 14
Kids under 5 are free
Proceeds from Blast!  benefit SASSAS’s schedule of free concerts this fall including the world premiere of James Tenney’s Changes: Sixty-four studies for six harps and the first Los Angeles concert by pioneering Japanese sound artist Akio Suzuki in a duo with New York based sound artist Aki Onda.
“Getting it Covered” Silent Auction
SASSAS also gave the “covers” assignment to twenty of our closest artist friends for this year’s silent auction. Bidders can access the auction online starting at 8am on August 8th and continue bidding until the final gavel at 7pm on August 13th.
Nick Aguayo, Fiona Connor, Patricia Fernandez, Samara Golden, Mark Hagen, Lauren Halsey, Jacob Kassay, Joel Kyack, Alice Könitz, Calvin Marcus, Max Maslansky, Gala Poras-Kim, Andy Roberts, Steven Roden, Stephanie Taylor, Benjamin Weissman, and Christopher Williams.
ABOUT THE MCs
Jack Black is an old school entertainer from the golden age of Hollywood. He dribbles and dabbles in various modes of artistic expression… but his true passion has always been two turn tables and a microphone…At his core he is a simple DJ sharing the emotional landscapes of his life thru a tapestry of sound.
As a visual artist and a performer Tanya Haden has exhibited widely at Rosamund Felsen Gallery in Santa Monica, Las Cienegas Projects in Los Angeles, Angtrom Gallery in Los Angeles and with Janet Levy Projects in New Orleans, Louisiana. Haden has performed with artists Mike Kelley and Marnie Weber, including vocal and cello performances for Weber’s band, Spirit Girls. She also performs with her sisters, Rachel and Petra in The Haden Triplets and has contributed to several book publication/exhibition projects curated by Steven Hull, including Ab Ovo, Nothing Moments Project, and Song Poems.
ABOUT THE BANDS
Summer 1988 Yugozapadnaya, russia Working in orphanage mopping shit from baby from wall Oleg Kharkov hear sound from car park an auside building. Oleg look and see young mans and womans in car making car bounce in parking lot. With angered oleg break handle auf mop to beat them from cars park. But when he is hearing sounds coming from in car he is changes. Kharkov hearing kiss for first time and make life plan is set. He trading 3 pairs jean and lada for Gibson guitar and brokens PA. he is making brother Vitaly listen and learning song of kiss. They finding friends and making kiss cover band. They is played in “kiss” battle auf band in Moscow and winning 4 placed. Moscow 4 places kiss cover bands KiSk is being borns.
Purity is a cover band formed by Nicole-Antonia Spagnola, Justin Tenney, and Bedros Yeretzian in 2015. They have released one LP titled ‘Live in Los Angeles.’
ABOUT THE DJs
Ale Cohen is a musician and composer from Los Angeles, California. He has written and performed music as part of numerous projects and groups, including Languis, Pharaohs and Psychic Powers. He is also a composer of music for TV shows, documentaries and educational materials. Ale is the director of the non-profit radio station dublab.
Jasmin Blasco (b.1981) is a multi-disciplinary artist who approaches time-based media as the site where sound, image, and language conspire to generate fictions. Through a process of research and abstraction, his practice stages the individual in problematic narratives. He lives and works in Los Angeles. Jasmin is a resident DJ on dublab radio.
Thanks to the Blast!  Committees for supporting SASSAS!
“Getting it Covered” Silent Auction Committee: Cindy Bernard, Luis De Jesus, Anna Helwing, Drew Hetzler, Michael Ned Holte, Elizabeth Robison, Michael Smoler, Catherine Taft, Peter Tolkin. Simon Wilkinson and Daniel Corral, Coordinators
Site Committee: Flora Wiegmann, Karen Hillenburg, Nina Waisman and Devon Tsuno
Talent/Tech Committee: Dani Tull, Jorge Martin, Daniel Corral and Tashi Wada