Bill Withers Tribute Features Appearnces by Jim James, Angelique Kidjo and Withers, Himself
On Saturday night at Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Bandshell producer Hal Willner closed out this year’s Celebrate Brooklyn! free concert series with a tribute to Bill Withers (author of such songs as ‘Lean on Me,’ ‘Ain’t No Sunshine,’ ‘Grandma’s Hands’ and ‘Just The Two of Us.’) A core band featuring Steven Bernstein, Lenny Pickett and Cornell Dupree supported a range of performers over the course of the night. Angelique Kidjo, Nona Hendryx, Eric Mingus, the Persuasions and the Swell Season were among the announced artists who participated in the tribute. One late addition was My Morning Jacket’s Jim James who delivered an early highlight with ‘Ain’t No Sunshine.’ Withers himself attended and was moved to make a brief appearance on stage during ‘Grandma’s Hands.’ The concert was filmed as part of the forthcoming documentary, Still Bill.