Hi, How Are You Project announces Daniel Johnston tribute event

By Lauren Patterson, Staff Writer
[Photo courtesy of Rich Thane/Creative Commons]

The Hi, How Are You Project, a non-profit organization aimed at improving the stigma around mental health, announced a tribute event in honor of singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston called “Hi, How Are You Day,” on Wednesday, December 4, according to Pitchfork. Johnston died earlier this year, on September 11.

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The show will take place at Austin’s Moody Theater, a venue with a 2,750-person capacity. Various artists have been confirmed to perform, such as Cage the Elephant, White Denim, Kate Schecter, Jason Falkner, Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio, and others to be announced.

2020 will mark the third annual benefit, with this year’s event taking place on January 22, the late singer’s birthday.

American Campus Communities teamed up with the project as the presenting sponsor, and the organization shared on BusinessWire that “all proceeds from the event will benefit the Hi, How Are You Project, a nonprofit organization named after the work of the late artist and musician Daniel Johnston, formed to educate people worldwide about the importance of open dialogue on mental health by funding research, events, and creating comprehensive training programs.”

“It has been the greatest honor and privilege of my professional life to work with Daniel Johnston – someone who I consider to be one of the greatest songwriting geniuses of our time,” said co-founder of the Hi, How Are You Project and former manager of Johnson, Tom Gimbel, shared on the Hi How Are You Project’s website. “In our time together Daniel was more than an artist; he was a friend, he was family. I will miss him greatly but will smile every time I hear his songs.”

Premium tickets for the event are available now here, and general sale begins here on Friday, December 6 at 10 a.m. CST. Donate to the project here.

Listen to Daniel Johnston’s “Walking The Cow” below.

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