Neil Young hosted his 25th annual benefit concert for children with severe physical and speech impairments on October 22nd at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA. Young was joined by his wife, Pegi, and one of his sons, Ben, who has cerebral palsy. In addition to being an advocate for children with disabilities, Young is also an advocate for environmental issues and the welfare of small farmers.
The Bridge School Benefit Concert was a star-studded, two-day event featuring famous artists from all over the rock ‘n roll landscape, including Beck, Eddie Vedder, Arcade Fire, Mumford & Sons, Devendra Banhart, and the Little Willies featuring Norah Jones.
Norah’s side project, the Little Willies started out as a Willie Nelson cover band. Despite moving on other country-western-themed songs, the innuendo-laden name stuck. Their first, self-titled album released in 2006 will be followed up soon in early 2012 with covers of songs by Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton, and Loretta Lynn.
All artists were required to play acoustic sets. This was second nature for some, but given Beck’s current, more electronic bent, he had to dig deep into his vast discography, playing “Golden Age,” “Guess I’m Doing Fine” and “Lost Cause.”