The lineup for Neil Young’s 19th annual Bridge School benefit is a
lesson in rock and roll history, from such contemporary stars as Good Charlotte,
Bright Eyes and Norah Jones to early legends like Jerry Lee Lewis.
Others slated to play the shows, set for October 29-30 at the Shoreline Amphitheater
in Mountain View, California, include a solo Dave Matthews (Sunday only),
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Emmylou Harris, Los Lobos and some special guests to
be named later.
With the exception of Matthews, all the other artists are expected to play
both days, as is the custom with the benefit, during which bands perform unplugged.
The unique format of the Bridge School concerts has made for some standout sets from
unexpected artists in the past, including Green Day, Metallica, the Smashing
Pumpkins with Marilyn Manson, Foo Fighters, Billy Idol and Sonic Youth.
The Bridge School is a Bay Area program for children with
severe physical and speech impairments. One of the other hallmarks of the show
is a riser at the back of the stage on which the children and their families
are seated throughout the sets and a show-ending sing-along that typically
features many of the day’s artists jamming with Young.