There are very few artists whose catalogue — wildly diverse, full of forgotten gems and disparate genres — lends itself more naturally to the tribute-show format than Neil Young. On Sunday and Monday night at New York's Bowery Ballroom, the Cabin Down Below Band played host to the first-ever Neil Fest (the latest in the illustrious Best Fest series), which featured dozens of artists, from Michelle Branch to Charles Bradley, singing their favorite Neil songs with a set list that ranged from Young's late-Sixties beginnings with Buffalo Springfield to his mid-Nineties work with Pearl Jam.
During the past decade the Best Fest has transformed from a local bar-band gathering to a traveling tribute-show production, honoring artists such as Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Tom Petty and the Rolling Stones in recent years, and benefiting the Sweet Relief Fund. Each night of the inaugural Neil Fest was a marathon three-hour show that featured members of bands such as Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Guster, the Gaslight Anthem and the Black Keys alongside solo stars like Ryan Adams, Norah Jones and Sharon Van Etten. We look back at some of the highlights from the two-night affair.