Landess — aka Al Hammerbrain — was the frontman, guitarist and songwriter of Hammerbrain (later Damn Kids). He also worked for years at Benny's Burrito's on Avenue A and Sixth Street until it closed. He later managed Kelly's Sports Bar on Avenue A.
You also likely saw him playing at or attending one of the free shows in Tompkins Square Park through the years ... or walking with his partner Joanie and their huskie Augustus.
When Al passed away this week after months of battling cancer, his beloved longtime partner, Joanie Koveleskie was by his side, and now she needs our help. All donations will go directly to Joanie to cover funeral expenses, medical and household bills, and to provide her some relief and room to grieve during this devastating time.The East Village will never be the same without Al's presence. He will be missed as much as he was loved.
Friends are planning a memorial in his honor this spring at Otto's Shrunken Head. More details on that when they are available.
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