The Bridge School Benefit at Shoreline Amphitheatre in San Francisco boasted a star-studded lineup to honor its 25th anniversary—most notably Arcade Fire, Beck and Mumford & Sons.
Moreover, folk-rock hero Neil Young—who, along with his wife Pegi, founded the Bridge School in 1986 to help children with physical and speech-related handicaps—was there to lend his talents to several artists’ performances.
All performances from the weekend’s event were confined to acoustic arrangements, with Young joining Arcade Fire’s Win Butler and Régine Chassagne for a version of “Helpless” as well as Beck for “Pocahontas” and Mumford & Sons for “Dance, Dance, Dance.”
Other artists made appearances during the weekend-long event, including Dave Matthews, Eddie Vedder, Carlos Santana, Devendra Banhart and Norah Jones (who was there showcasing her new old-time Western music project, the Little Willies), and each artist got to try their hand at doing a stripped-down acoustic set. Dave Matthews performed standard “Oh! Susanna” with Young, Beck harked back to his quiet 2002 album Sea Change and Arcade Fire gave their typically lush, layered arrangements a reworking with acoustic instruments. And Eddie Vedder, who had performed the Bridge School Benefit nine times prior to this weekend, played along with several guest musicians which included Chassagne and Beck.
Watch footage of some of Neil Young’s performances below:
“Helpless” (with Win Butler and Régine Chassagne):
“Pocahontas” (with Beck):
“Dance, Dance, Dance” (with Mumford & Sons):
Thanks to Rolling Stone for the tip.