Bridge School Benefit Concert

Billy Idol performed at the Bridge School Benefit Concert this past weekend. Video source.

A two-day concert boasting big names like Billy Idol, Buffalo Springfield, Elvis Costello, and Elton John isn’t something that happens just every weekend. The annual Bridge School Benefit Concert took place this past Saturday and Sunday at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View.

Despite chilly weather and sporadic rain, the show began at 5:00 PM sharp on Saturday and ended around 11:00 PM. As with previous years, the concert showcases a combination of classic and new artists in an unplugged, acoustic setting. Since there are at least seven acts on each day, each plays a very short set, typically four to five songs, to allow the show to not extend too late into the night.

The full lineup included Grizzly Bear, Billy Idol, Buffalo Springfield, Modest Mouse, Elvis Costello, Kris Kristofferson, Neil Young, Pearl Jam, Lucinda Williams, T. Bone Burnett’s Speaking Clock Revue featuring Elton John & Leon Russell, Ralph Stanley, Jeff Bridges, Neko Case, Jackson Browne and David Lindley.

In addition to being entertained by an all-star lineup, those who went to the concert got the opportunity to learn a little more about the Bridge School, the organization which all the proceeds support. The Bridge School was founded in 1986 by Pegi Young, the wife of Neil Young, and Jim Forderer to educate children in the Bay Area with severe physical and speech disabilities. To raise funds for this developing school, Pegi Young devised the idea to have a benefit concert with many big names, which has ended up being an annual event due to its immense success. The 24th annual benefit concert this year was both an amazing musical experience and a great way to indirectly donate some time and money to a great foundation. As Billy Idol famously sings in ‘Rebel Yell,’ we can’t wait for “More, More, More!” next year, Ms. Young.

Kelsey Bucsko
BARE Reporter

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