Every year, well at least for the past six years, we, meaning my husband and two other couples (the amount of couples varies from year to year, this year we were five) take off with our blankets and backpacks full of picnic paraphernalia and goodies (somebody forgot to pack the meatballs and it wasn't me) to The Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountainview to attend the Annual Bridge School Benefit concert. This year’s fantastical event marked twenty-five years.
Neal Young and his wife, Pegi, have hosted this benefit concert for the past twenty-five years, (rain or shine, and believe me, the show does go on in the rain. Last year we sat huddled while rain dripped off the edge of our plastic hood visors, since you can’t have umbrellas) where there are, oh, anywhere from ten to twelve different groups and performers. It is a two-day event—a Saturday show and a repeat show on Sunday. This year the weather was perfect.
The event is a very special acoustic concert to benefit The BridgeSchool, located in Hillsborough, California. Neil and Pegi Young’s Bridge School offers a program for the communicative and educational development of children with severe speech and physical impairments. The school is an internationally recognized leader in the field of augmentative and alternative communication. Visit their website at http://bridgeschool.org.
The concert’s an all around great time and a win, win for everyone, kids, performers and us, the lucky audience. This year’s line-up consisted of:
Of course, Neil Young
Los Invisibles, featuring Carlos Santana
Mumford & Sons
Norah Jones and The Little Willies
Like I mentioned above, I have been to six, maybe seven of these concerts (I lost count) and I have to say that, IMO, yesterday’s was, by far, the best one I have attended. I had never heard Mumford & Sons before, but I think they just might be my new favorite group. Tony Bennett was amazing. Do you know he is 85 years old? Oh and I can’t seem to get Norah Jones and The Little Willies song, “Lou Reed” (Cow Tipping–heehee) out of my head.
Here is a sample of Neil Young and Mumford & Sons performing “Dance, Dance, Dance”.
Enjoy and thanks for reading.