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Published: 2008/09/22

Jack Johnson, Wilco, Smashing Pumpkins and ZZ Top to Join Neil Young at the Bridge School Benefit

Neil Young has confirmed the lineup for his annual Bridge School Benefit. The all-star concert benefits Californias Bridge School, an educational environment for children with severe physical and speech impediments. This years festivities will take place at Mountain View, CAs Shoreline Amphitheatre on October 25 and 26, featuring performances by Young, Jack Johnson and Cat Power, as well as Youngs fall tour companions Wilco and Death Cab for Cutie. Norah Jones and ZZ Top will join the benefits lineup on day one, while Smashing Pumpkins and Josh Groban will perform on day two. As in years past, most artists will perform acoustically throughout the two-day event.

On Saturday Young co-headlined his other annual charity event, Farm Aid, at the Mansfield, MA venue formally known as Great Woods. Young and his so-called Electric Band ran through a number of standards, including Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, Powderfinger and Old Man, in addition to the Beatles A Day in the Life and more eco-centric fair like Mother Earth. If the guitarists recent European setlists are any indication, Youngs upcoming U.S. shows will feature more classic-material than his recent headlining sets. Farm Aid also featured standout performances by John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, Jerry Lee Lewis, Snoop Dogg, Steve Earle and moe., among others. Farm Aid founder Willie Nelson also offered hits like ‘Crazy’ and ‘On the Road Again,’ as well as cameos with groups ranging from the Brazilian/Americana outfit Nation Beat and country-star Kenny Chesney.

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