Bridge School Benefit 2011
October 23, 2011 by staff
Bridge School Benefit 2011, Now it’s an anniversary worth celebrating. It was time to thank Neil and Pegi Young, and all other organizers of the Bridge School benefit concerts in 25 years of memorable music to support a worthy cause.
A crowd of 22,000 fans became do just that on Saturday at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, while another full house would have their chance on Sunday.
Fans brought 25 years of good feelings, memories of seeing Phish REM and Bridge 1998 or Tony Bennett and Paul McCartney on the bridge of 2004 or the Buffalo Springfield gathered in concert last year, and everyone seemed to tickle to be only part of the festivities.
bigger than the lineup, what he actually said something about how much this event has meant to the local music lovers in recent years. Bill on Saturday was great, as long as all the world as headliners Dave Matthews, Eddie Vedder, Arcade Fire, Mumford & Son and as always, young, however, managed to play a secondary role, simply , celebrate this important anniversary number 25.
This is fortunate, since the concert on Saturday the bridge will probably not be remembered among the best in the series. The performances were solid, rarely spectacular, providing a moment that fans seem destined to be speaking in the coming years.
It might be a different story on Sunday, with a range even stronger. The second day of the benefit, a fundraiser
for Hillsborough school for students with severe learning and communication problems, including all the artists on Saturday as well as Tony Bennett and the Foo Fighters. These two acts are both sure to please people.
A couple of Saturday’s concert cancellations damage. Diana Krall, the incredibly talented jazz singer and pianist, was a no-show due to a knee injury. We knew who was in the show. However, the comedian Jimmy Fallon was a late scratch after having supposedly missed his flight to San Francisco.
As drafted, the bill was audible all a good mix of veterans and newcomers to the party. It was the third bridge of Norah Jones and Beck, the fifth of Matthews, 10 Vedder and, of course, Young has appeared in 25. On the other hand, Mumford & Sons and Arcade Fire – two of the biggest reasons to attend – will be making their debut Bridge.
Jones, who took the stage from the beginning for seven hours over Saturday’s concert, did not connect with people so strongly as it did in 2005 and 2008. That’s a result of carrying out his classic-country covers project The Little Willies, instead of singing his song platinum pop. However, his voice was superb, especially in a version of Dolly
Immortal Parton “Jolene”.
The ever-versatile Beck was next and gave him one of the strongest sets of night, highlighted by the jewels of his indie-folk 2002 masterpiece “Sea Change”. Young would join Beck set of “Pocahontas”, Young “Rust Never Sleeps” (1979).
Then came Carlos Santana, with the invisible wild card, and were not sure what to expect. This new band project, with the wife of Carlos Santana Cindy Blackman on drums, which was a well-oiled machine latin jazz / rock. The set was hot at first, substantially cooling the double-close shot of the pop hits “Maria Maria” and “Smooth”, Santana 1999, both broken, “Supernatural.”
Vedder followed with a rather pleasant,
may be distinguished from its projection of another bridge due solely to an appearance by Beck, then British folk-rock Mumford & Sons had the crowd grooving to the selections of his only studio album, the platinum-certified 2009 “Sigh No More”.
No one in the evening was better than Matthews, who wowed the crowd with the help of his long companion, guitarist Tim Reynolds. These guys work so well together, with Matthews poured his heart into the microphone and pick licks Reynolds incredible and the sound that created it feels much bigger than it should be possible duet. Young joined the festivities for a really strange take on “Oh, Susanna,” which was the lowest point of the series.
Arcade Fire could not
Matthews superior. The Canadian indie-pop, which surprised many in the industry with its victory over Eminem for Grammy album of the year 2011, it was difficult to connect with a large percentage of the crowd Bridge. Arcade Fire’s music translated enough in the acoustic environment, but it was obvious that many fans were unfamiliar with the songs.
On the positive side, the version of Arcade Fire Young “useful” the author adds voice and guitar, has proven to be very memorable. Thankfully, since most of the guests of the night / collaboration has proved quite disappointing.
Young people who close the show with his solo set, with favorites such as “Comes a Time” and “Sugar Mountain”, and then call the entire bridge crew for a repeat of the success of the Youngbloods “Get Together”.
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