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Paul Simon Tribute Concert Set for New York

Civil Wars' Joy Williams, Bettye LaVette, Bob Mould and more to honor singer-songwriter

Paul Simon performs in Glastonbury.
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January 7, 2014 12:50 PM ET

The Civil Wars' Joy Williams, soul singer Bettye LaVette and Hüsker Dü's Bob Mould will lead a tribute to Paul Simon set to take place at New York City's Carnegie Hall on March 31st, the New York Times reports.

The show will also feature Steely Dan's lead guitarist Jon Herington and jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux sharing the stage and performances from singer-songwriter Dan Wilson, cellist Ben Sollee and the composer Allen Toussaint.

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The Simon tribute is the 10th installment of a long-running series hosted by Michael Dorf, the owner of City Winery, who uses the concerts as an opportunity to raise money for music education programs. Proceeds from this year's show will go to benefit the American Symphony Orchestra’s Music Notes, Church Street School for Music and Art, Young Audiences New York, Fixing Instruments for Kids in Schools, Little Kids Rock and the Center for Arts Education. According to Dorf, the money raised during this year's concert should push the combined total for the past 10 years of shows over $1 million.

Last year, the Roots acted as house band for a Prince tribute, which also included performances from Elvis Costello, D'Angelo, Booker T. Jones and Living Colour. Back in 2007, Bruce Springsteen showed up for an encore of "The Promised Land" and "Rosalita" at his tribute show, while Michael Stipe, Peter Buck and Mike Mills took the stage with Patti Smith in 2009 to close out the show in R.E.M.'s honor. Dorf's concert series has also paid tribute to the Rolling Stones, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Neil Young and the Who.

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