Neil Young's annual Bridge School Benefit Concerts have been the live highlight of autumn for a quarter-century now, and for the gigs' 25th anniversary, Young has really booked the big guns: Arcade Fire, Eddie Vedder, Beck, and Neil himself will play California's Shoreline Amphitheater on October 22nd and 23rd. Dave Matthews, Mumford & Sons, Jenny Lewis, and Carlos Santana's Los Invisibles will also perform both nights of the benefit, which raises money for a school devoted to aiding children with physical impairments and communication needs. Diana Krall will also perform on October 22nd, while Tony Bennett and Foo Fighters are included on the October 23rd slate.
After 25 years of benefits, the Bridge School acts have formed almost a close-knit community dedicated to its cause. Vedder, a lifelong fan of Neil Young, is making his ninth appearance at the Bridge School event, though this is only his second time appearing as a solo artist (Pearl Jam have played the benefit seven times.) This is Matthews' sixth time on the bill, thanks largely to his and Young's partnership in the Farm Aid movement. Beck and Foo Fighters are also repeat performers, but Arcade Fire, Santana, and Mumford & Sons are making their benefit debuts.
As per tradition, each artist will use only acoustic instruments. Tickets for the benefit go on sale September 16th. For more info, check out the Bridge School site.
Watch as the Bridge School students reveal this year's lineup:
And here are some performances from past Bridge School benefits:
- Eddie Vedder
- Neil Young
- California's Shoreline Amphitheater
- Bridge School Benefit Concerts
- Carlos Santana
- Dave Matthews
- Foo Fighters