Friday, August 24, 2012
– Dierks Bentley, Lucinda Williams and Eric Church are among a slew of performers playing a benefit this fall to honor the memory of Levon Helm.
Love for Levon will be held Oct. 3 at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J.
John Mayer, My Morning Jacket, Ray LaMontagne, Gregg Allman, Dierks Bentley, Marc Cohn, Patty Griffin, Warren Haynes, John Hiatt, Bruce Hornsby, Jorma Kaukonen, The Levon Helm Band, Robert Randolph, Mavis Staples and Joe Walsh also will be playing.
All net proceeds from the concert will help support the legacy of Helm by helping his estate keep ownership of his home, barn and studio, and to continue The Midnight Ramble Sessions.
"We are deeply moved that so many musicians and friends of Levon's are coming together to celebrate his life and his music, and to help us keep his musical spirit and vision alive in the Midnight Rambles," said Sandy and Amy Helm, Levon's wife and daughter. "We want to continue to honor his legacy by creating a musical landmark at the Barn, one that inspires and celebrates Americana music and its heritage."
An all-star band will be led by Don Was and Larry Campbell, who will serve as co-musical directors. Campbell was Helms' musical director for the last several years of his life. The concert event will be produced by Keith Wortman, who most recently produced "We Walk the Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash."
"I can't possibly overstate what Levon Helm meant to my music or my life. He was a giant. A man among boys. I miss him personally, but that pales in comparison to how much music will miss his presence," said Church.
Tickets go on sale to the general public Wednesday, Aug. 29 at 11 eastern.