This annual day-long bash at The Jinx celebrates the resilience and art and community presence of Jason H. Statts, former bassist of surt [the destroyer].
The victim of a shooting during an armed robbery on 48th Street in 2008 after a gig downtown, Statts is now paraplegic. But he has dedicated himself to visual art and music, using the latest technology to overcome his disability.
Talking to Jason is inspiring not only because of his struggle. He is a man of sharp humor and observation, capable of truly deep and reflective wisdom.
As for Stattfest itself—which held its 7th edition in 2015—the funds help Jason’s care and treatment, and also serve as a celebration of local music, with local bands clearly giving their best performances.
And that really is the best way to honor Jason.