Neil and Pegi Young’s Bridge School Benefit has always been one of the coolest concert bills around, and this year was no different. Highlighted by a reunited Buffalo Springfield, the weekend-long concert, which benefits disabled children, featured acoustic sets from Pearl Jam, Modest Mouse, Grizzly Bear, and many, many more. Merle Haggard was forced to cancel due to illness.
For Buffalo Springfield first gig in more than forty years, Young was joined by Stephen Stills, Richard Furay, CSN drummer Joe Vitale and Young bassist Rick Rosas for songs like “For What It’s Worth,” “Burned”, “Rock N Roll Woman,” and “Mr. Soul.”
Pearl Jam played two sets over two nights, covering Patti Smith’s “Dancing Barefoot,” and joined Neil Young for the Le Noise track “Walk With Me.”
Also on hand were Lucinda Williams, Jackson Browne, Kris Kristofferson, Modest Mouse, and T Bone Burnett’s Speaking Clock Review, featuring actor Jeff Bridges, Neko Case, Ralph Stanley, Costello, and Elton John and Leon Russell.