Saturday, October 27 | 7PM

A Tribute: Celebrating The Magic and The Power

// Tickets start at $50 //

Soiree Creative Directors Melissa Auf der Maur and Joe Mama-Nitzberg

Hosted by Aaron Dessner, Meredith Graves, Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, Natasha Lyonne, Ryan McGinley, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Elvis Perkins, Chloë Sevigny, Michael Stipe, Brandon Stosuy, Jack Walls, Yelena Yemchuk, and other special guests.

Basilica Hudson’s biennial Pioneering People fundraiser celebrates groundbreaking artists across a range of disciplines by hosting and honoring a one-of-a-kind person in our raw industrial church. This year’s event will celebrate the achievements and legacy of musician, songwriter, actor, performer and incomparable cultural force Courtney Love.

Creative directed and produced by Basilica Hudson’s Co-Founder and Director Melissa Auf der Maur (former bassist of Courtney Love’s GRAMMY-nominated, certified multi-platinum, award-winning band Hole) and artist Joe Mama-Nitzberg, who was Creative Director of Hole’s Celebrity Skin and is a longtime creative collaborator and comrade of both Love and Auf der Maur, the event will be hosted by a group of creative luminaries and friends, including Aaron Dessner, Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, Natasha Lyonne, Ryan McGinley, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Elvis Perkins, Chloë Sevigny, Michael Stipe, Brandon Stosuy, Yelena Yemchuk, Jack Walls, and other special guests.

Courtney Love will be in attendance as our honored guest. Love and special guests will be featured in conversations, readings, and performances.

Through conversations, readings, video, and performance, the evening’s program will shine a light on all of the ways that Love has influenced culture and inspired women and marginalized people for almost three decades. An exciting lineup of contributors will illuminate the impact of Love’s vital and inspiring art and energy and the inspiration her work continues to instil in the next generation of artists and musicians. The evening’s performances will demonstrate the incredible power and the lasting legacy of Love’s iconic explorations and subversions of femininity, and honor her unapologetic, fearless protest of the patriarchy.

In the words of Melissa Auf der Maur:
“Courtney’s legacy is vital to the voice of women in our culture. The passion she brings to her life and art fuels and inspires the long fought battle for the empowerment of alternative voices as they take center stage at last! As the founder and frontwoman of the band Hole, and through her escapades as a Hollywood actress and all-around empowered voice for over three decades, Courtney broke new ground, combining lyrics of intellectual acuity with music of a singular power to create a body of work with riveting emotional intensity.”

The event will take place against the raw, industrial backdrop of Basilica Hudson’s solar-powered reclaimed factory, with the spectacular Hudson River and Catskill Mountains on the horizon.

Past Pioneering People to grace our factory fundraiser were the singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright and the visionary filmmaker aka “Pope of Trash” John Waters.

This biennial special fundraising event provides crucial support for Basilica’s mission to present independent and innovative voices in arts and culture while fostering sustainable community.

Pioneering People will feature a private benefit dinner followed by the public performance. Tickets to the public event are available here. For information, tickets and table purchases for the private benefit dinner, contact Jasmine Dreame Wagner, Development Manager at jasmine@basilicahudson.org.