Dave Matthews, Rufus Wainwright and Jackson Browne will perform songs by Neil Young at an awards ceremony for the legendary rocker Tuesday in Beverly Hills, California.
Young is being honored by the People for the American Way Foundation with the Spirit of Liberty Lifetime Achievement Award at their annual reception at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel, according to organizers.
Aside from making poignant music as a solo artist and with the groups Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, the Canada-born performer has launched two of the largest annual benefit concerts, Farm Aid (see “Neil Young, Martina McBride, Willie Nelson Give Farm Aid 2001 A Patriotic Air” ) and the Bridge School Benefit (see “Matthews, Pearl Jam, R.E.M. Give Peace A Chance At Bridge School” ).
Matthews, Wainwright, Browne, T-Bone Burnett and songstress Sam Phillips will each perform a Young song and a song of his or her own at the ceremony.
The People for the American Way Foundation will also present “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, “Boys Don’t Cry” director Kimberly Peirce and filmmaker Kevin Smith (“Dogma,” “Clerks”) with Defender of Democracy Awards at the ceremony. The foundation launched 20 years ago to promote diverse democratic values.
Matthews, whose namesake band will begin recording their next album in January (see “Dave Matthews Band Eyeing Next LP, Revisiting ’Lillywhite Sessions’ “ ), is in Los Angeles this week with Soulive, the hip-hop/jazz trio that opened for the Dave Matthews Band on a string of dates last spring. Matthews is singing and playing guitar on a cover of Ani DiFranco’s “Joyful Girl” for Soulive’s upcoming album, Next. Glen Ballard (Dave Matthews Band, Jewel) is producing the track.