Vedder, Tom Waits, Ani DiFranco Set For “Dead Man” Benefit

The show, set for March 29 at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium, will also feature turns from Lyle Lovett, Michelle Shocked, Rahat Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (the nephew of the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan), Dildar Hussain, and David Robbins, and will be hosted by actor Tim Robbins and Sister Helen Prejean, who was depicted in Robbins’ film “Dead Man Walking.”

The benefit effort will also be aided by the auctioning of a guitar autographed by Bonnie Raitt, Peter Gabriel, Jackson Browne, the Edge, Glen Philips, Mary Chapin-Carpenter, Ry Cooder, Johnny Cash and the artists participating in the concert.

Users can bid on the 1992 Fender Stratocaster, which was donated by Raitt, online at www.notinourname.com.

The show is a benefit for Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation, a group that attempts to support victims of violent crimes while advocating an end to the death penalty and trying to curb the homicide rate.
The show will also support Hope House, a neighborhood center in New Orleans that tries to help needy families in that city.