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More later today. But for now, check out this message from Cosmo about tonight's all-star benefit at Santo's for world-renowned DJ/record collector/Bostonian/all-around good fellow Kon. Weirdly topical given the President's speech last night. (Check out Kon's blog for updates on his condition--and the occasional MP3--as well.)

Our good friend Kon (from Kon & Amir) has been sick and in the hospital for the past several weeks. Kon is an amazing guy with an incredible connection to music, being a world renowned crate digger as well as one of the best DJs in the country. But as you could probably guess, most DJs are independent contractors who do not have access to affordable health insurance. If you're lucky, you end up paying an arm and a leg for proper coverage, but for the most part you just don't have it. I learned the hard way 10 years ago when I was in a car accident and had to spend several months in the hospital. I didn't have coverage at the time, and my bills were several hundred thousands dollars. I was out of work, could not spin for a long time, so I had no benefits or coverage to take care of me. Thankfully through my dear friends and the community of Philadelphia, a benefit was thrown that raised enough money for me to get back on my feet. Hopefully we can do the same for our friend Kon here...

- Thursday, September 10th, 2009
Giant Step & DJ Spinna Present
Journey: A Benefit for Kon
Acclaimed DJ, legendary digger and our good friend Kon (of Kon & Amir fame) has been hospitalized lately which has left his pockets flat, not fat. We want to try and help him out while he's down out of the game, so please come out and support him a this benefit. Spinning on the set are
DJ SPINNA
RICH MEDINA
ELI ESCOBAR
COSMO BAKER
DJ SCRATCH
& AMIR
$10 suggested donation / 2 for 1 drinks from 10 PM - 12 AM
100% OF PROCEEDS GO TO KON
@ Santos Party House - 100 Lafayette St. - New York, NY
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Hua Hsu teaches in the English Department at Vassar College and writes about music, sports, and culture. More

Hua Hsu teaches in the English Department at Vassar College and writes about music, sports, and culture. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Bookforum, Slate, The Village Voice, The Boston Globe Ideas section and The Wire (for whom he writes a bi-monthly column). He is on the editorial board for the New Literary History of America.
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