Neil Young mixes it up for Bridge School

Big announcement today – at least for those who make the Bridge School Benefit concert a mandatory event on the annual calendar.

Neil Young, co-founder of the Bridge School and event organizer, rolled out the official lineup on The Bridge School’s website to bring increased attention to the mission of the Bridge School.

As always, all proceeds from the acoustic shows at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA. will go to the school in Hillsborough, CA., chartered specifically for children with severe physical and speech impediments.

Event dates are October 24-25 and tickets go on sale this Sunday through LiveNation.

Neil Young

Neil Young

So who’s on the bill this year?  Take your pick of first-time performers Jimmy Buffett, No Doubt, Chris Martin of Coldplay, Fleet Foxes, Wolfmother, Gavin Rossdale, or Adam Sandler, or enjoy repeat performances from Sheryl Crow, Conor Oberst & Jim James (who return as part of “supergroup” Monsters of Folk), and (of course) Neil Young himself.

Not entirely my dream lineup, but there are always enough surprises on a cool Bay Area evening to make the event a worthwhile ticket, with the added bonus of contributing to a cause. 

And, as Jim Harrington of the Oakland Tribune points out, the lineup is seen by some as “a breath of fresh air” by those who have been hoping for the addition of artists to the bill who have not been part of the Bridge School rotation since the creation of the benefit concert in 1986.

Me, I’ll hold out hope that Pearl Jam finds its way to Northern California that weekend, but will be there nonetheless. 

I’ll enjoy what are certain to be some magical performances from Fleet Foxes and Monsters of Folk in the outdoor, acoustic setting.  And honestly, Neil alone is worth the price of admission. 

Roll the dice on this show some year before it’s too late to see the man onstage at his most important concert of the year.  Every year.  Last weekend in October – artists subject to change but always a great time for a great cause.

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~ by acm213 on September 14, 2009.

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