The Jalopy Theatre, at 315 Columbia St., had already planned the Thursday night concert to remember Reed, who died last month at the age of 71, before Typhoon Haiyan took thousands of lives in the Philippines, said musician and organizer Jeffrey Lewis.
After the typhoon, they decided to send all donations to Oxfam aid teams who are doing relief work in devastated areas, he said.
Twenty musicians, including Lewis, will perform at the Jalopy on Nov. 21, celebrating Reed through his songs. Lewis won’t reveal the list of songs but said the collection will span Reed’s musical career from his early years to his time as a solo artist.
Lewis said he first became a Reed fan after finding his vinyl records for cheap inside New York vinyl joints.
“Lou always made it seem so easy to express yourself as an artist,” said Lewis, 38. “Nobody can replicate…. what Lou Reed sounds like and what kind of attitude he brings.”