The Bay Area’s annual fall ritual, Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit show, will serve up its usual slate of eclectic acoustic performances this year with sets from Incubus, Dashboard Confessional, Wilco and Pearl Jam as well as country legend Willie Nelson and the reunited Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
Though typically a two-day affair, the concert is currently scheduled to take place on October 25 only, though an October 26 date could be added later, according to an event
As always, the lineup is a mix of show veterans and newbies, with the only constant being Young, who traditionally opens each day’s concert with a short acoustic set and closes the show hours later. Nelson hasn’t played the Bridge School
since 1991, while Pearl Jam are six-time veterans, making them Young’s most frequent guests.
CSNY performed at the first three Bridge shows in the late 1980s but have not taken the stage together at the charity event since 2000. This will be the first appearance by Incubus, Dashboard Confessional and Wilco.
The concert will take place at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. More acts will be announced within the next few weeks, the spokesperson said.
This year marks the 17th all-acoustic benefit for the nonprofit school for children with physical and speech impairments that was co-founded by Young and his wife, Pegi. The concerts celebrate current and former students by giving them the
best seats in the house: a riser at the back of the stage on which they are seated along with their parents and caregivers.
The lineups for the shows are notoriously wide-ranging, with everyone from Tracy Chapman, R.E.M., Dave Matthews, Billy Idol, the Who, Metallica, Phish, Green Day, Tom Waits, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Smashing Pumpkins and Beck taking
the stage in the past.
Last year’s show featured James Taylor, Foo Fighters, the Other Ones, Ryan Adams, Tenacious D, LeAnn Rimes, Jack Johnson, Vanessa Carlton and a rare solo appearance by Radiohead’s Thom Yorke.