Harvest Moon Benefit Concert – The single day gathering will benefit the Painted Turtle and Bridge School at Painted Turtle Camp in Lake Hughes, California
Neil Young headlined the Harvest Moon: A Gathering charity concert at Lake Hughes, California on Saturday along with Norah Jones and Father John Misty, a gig that benefitted the Bridge School and the Painted Turtle, a summer camp for severely-ill children. His 14-song acoustic set featured classics like “Old Man” and “Heart of Gold” along with new compositions like “Rainbow of Colors” and “Eternity,” but the most notable moment came near at the end when he played the Tonight’s The Night tune “New Mama” for the first time since 1977:
Neil Young has recruited Norah Jones and Father John Misty to join him for Harvest Moon: A Gathering, a charity concert to benefit The Bridge School and The Painted Turtle, which allows children with serious medical conditions to attend a special summer camp free of charge. The show will take place September 14th (the exact day of the actual Harvest Moon) at Painted Turtle Camp in Lake Hughes, California.
The 2019 concert is the first major benefit show in three yeras for Bridge School, which provides free education to children with severe speech and physical impediments. From 1986–2016, Young held the Bridge School Benefit concert series at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California, and more than 100 artists including Paul McCartney, Elton John and Metallica performed and helped raise money for the facility in Hillsborough, California.
Harvest Moon will also raise money for the Painted Turtle, a non-profit providing children living with serious medical conditions a traditional camp experience, free of charge. Gates open at noon with the marimba ensemble Masanga playing as attendees arrive, followed by musical performances that wind down at sundown.
“Shortly after the date for the event was selected and Young agreed to perform, organizers realized that Sept. 14 was the day of the night of the Harvest Moon, which enhances the specialness of the occasion,” a press release annoucing the event explains. “Included with each ticket is an all-star celebrity chef picnic cooked and served by Southern California’s top chefs, and a beer and wine tasting from select california breweries and wineries.”