30th Annual Bridge School Benefit Concert Takes Place Oct. 22-23
Neil Young and his ex-wife, Pegi Young, put together one heck of annual acoustic, non-profit benefit concert. This year marks the Bridge School Benefit‘s 30 year and will take place Oct. 22-23 in Mountain View, CA at the Shoreline Ampitheatre. This year’s line up is nothing less than remarkable and includes Roger Waters, Metallica, Lukas Nelson (Willie Nelson’s son), Neil Young and the Promise of the Real, Nils Lofgren, Dave Matthews, My Morning Jacket, Norah Jones, Cage the Elephant and a new super group of Neko Case, k.d. lang and Laura Viers. This is the third appearances for both Metallica and My Morning Jacket, as well as Jones’ fifth and Matthews’ seventh overall, as per Rolling Stone reports. This is Lofgren’s fourth performance for the series, his first show was way back in 1986.
Pegi Young said of The Bridge School, “that individuals with severe speech and physical impairments achieve full participation in their communities through the use of augmentative and alternative means of communication (AAC) and assistive technology (AT) applications and through the development, implementation and dissemination of innovative life-long educational strategies,” according to the school’s mission statement. She laid the groundwork for the school in 1987 with money raised from the first concert in 1986, after she was unable to find a suitable school placement for her son with Neil Young who is non-verbal and suffers from cerebral palsy.
The concert in 2015 included performances from Young, Lofgen, Dixie Chicks, Ryan Adams, St. Vincent, Sheryl Crow, Spoon and Gary Clark Jr.
Young’s other big benefit concert, Farm Aid, takes place in Bristow, VA on Sept. 17 with Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds.