Elton John, Leon Russell, John Mellencamp, Elvis Costello, Gregg Allman, Ralph Stanley, Jeff Bridges, Punch Brothers, Karen Elson and The Secret Sisters join T Bone Burnett in two benefit concerts. Neko Case hops on the bill for the Boston show on Oct. 16 at the Wang Center, and My Morning Jacket’s Jim James graces the New York performance on Oct. 20 at the Beacon Theater.
The presentations follow revue style complete with a house band compiled of musicians pulled from Burnett-produced recordings. The Grammy- and Oscar-winning producer/musician/songwriter aims to convey to live audiences the excitement of collaboration and creation. “The privacy and the intimacy of the studio afford artists the freedom to create,” he said, “but something thrilling happens in getting away from the machines and into the live communication of real time storytelling in the larger community. The first tour I went on, my first job in show business, was on The Rolling Thunder Revue, and I’ve come back to that type of collaborative and extraordinarily rewarding experience from time to time.”
This edition of Revue coincides with the release of the Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, It Might Get Loud) documentary Waiting for “Superman”. The film follows a small group of bright public school students throughout the country, exploring creative new way to approach education reform.
All proceeds from the shows go toward The Participant Foundation in support of including music and arts education in public school systems.
Tickets go on sale Monday, Sept. 27 at noon here.