Bridge School Benefit Concert 2011 [Preview]

Every year since 1986 (except for 1987) Neil Young and his wife Pegi along with The Bridge School organize and host The Bridge School Benefit Concert at The Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California. The concert is, as the name states, a non-profit event in which all proceeds directly benefit The Bridge School. The organization is a recognized leader in education for children with severe disabilities.

The Bridge School Benefit Concert always brings an impressive group of musicians together, many of which are personal friends of Young. I discovered at last year’s concert that Young also jumps in to play alongside many of the other bands, the most memorable being his appearance during Pearl Jam’s set.  The band didn’t hesitate to mention the impact that “Uncle Neil” Young had on them as an inspiration and long-time mentor.

Lineups from past years have featured Paul McCartney, Metallica, Modest Mouse and No Doubt, just to name a few. Even some comedians like Robin Williams and Cheech Marin have graced the concert’s stage. The lineup is no less impressive this year, including Carlos Santana with Cindy Blackman Santana, Mumford & Sons, Jenny Lewis, Diana Krall, and the Arcade Fire. In addition, Bridge School Benefit Concert alumnus Beck, Foo Fighters, Eddie Vedder, Tony Bennett, and Dave Matthews will all be returning to the stage. The concert is all acoustic, shining a unique light on the featured artists and giving a really one of a kind experience to the audience. Don’t expect any full length sets; due to the amount of bands playing and the limited amount of time, each band will play only about five songs. Last year after Modest Mouse’s 20 minute set ended, I was left wishing their time could have extended into Billy Idol’s following set.

As always, Neil Young himself will play the closing set of each day. I was very pleased to find that Young’s nasally folk tenor sounds exactly as it did in his earlier years. Last year’s concert came with a chilling on-and-off downpour of rain, and by the time Buffalo Springfield stepped onstage the lawn-dwelling audience was virtually doused, making Young’s anticipated set even more satisfying. A tip for anyone attending this year: check the weather, and don’t hesitate to bring an umbrella. I was very grateful to have mine. In addition, make sure to bring a blanket or towel to sit on to keep dry and clean.

In general, the Shoreline Amphitheater vibes with positive energy all throughout Bridge School Benefit weekend. It’s a fun opportunity to witness some hearty companionship between the musicians, who are clearly having a blast together and with the children of the Bridge School who can be seen in their VIP seats directly behind the performers on stage. When it comes down to it, the musicians and the audience both know that the show is really about benefiting these kids, and it’s clear to see what an amazing time they’re having on stage. It’s a delightful experience to see some talented (and famous!) musicians in such a down-to-earth realm. The event takes place on Saturday October 22nd at 5pm and Sunday October 23rd at 2pm.


Bridge School Benefit Concert Official Website

Shoreline Amphitheater Live Nation Ticket Page

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About Katie Kopacz
Blog Intern. Creative Writing student at San Francisco State University. When she's not busy with one of the aforementioned occupations, Katie can be found geeking out over good music, good food, conspiracy theories, cats, and well-written words.

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