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SMMOA Benefit @ Bergamot Station 3/1/09

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As part of the opening weekend festivities for the Robert Berman Gallery’s Rock, Paper, Scissor exhibit, Bergamot Station hosted a benefit for the Santa Monica Museum of Art on Sunday, March 1. Where the exhibit focused on visual art by famous musicians (Daniel Johnston, the Butthole Surfers’ Gibby Haynes and most of Sonic Youth are among the contributors), the benefit turned the tables, featuring musical performances by some famous artists: Ron English and Raymond Pettibon, along with Pettibon’s pal and collaborator Mike Watt with his all-Pedro trio the Secondmen.

With multiple bands and a high-end open bar, the festive afternoon gathering had the relaxed vibe of a backyard party with unusually surreal decorations. Rock at Bergamot Station seems to be a guaranteed good time, every musical event I’ve seen there has been memorable, the highlight probably a sweaty and irritated Devo crashing the LA Class Of ’77 punk reunion marathon for ten foaming minutes back in 2002.