UPDATE: Patti Smith and Sturgill Simpson have been added to this year’s Tibet House lineup.
The Tibet House Benefit Concert will celebrate its 25th year in 2015, and to mark the star-studded fundraising event’s silver anniversary, the benefit has lined up another impressive roster of musicians: The Flaming Lips, Laurie Anderson and composer Philip Glass, who also serves as curator for the Tibet House concert, will perform at New York’s Carnegie Hall on March 5th.
Tibetan musician Tenzin Choegyal and Canadian roots musician Ashley MacIsaac will also be on hand for the Tibet House Benefit Concert, with more artists to be announced soon. Tickets for this year’s event are available now, while special gala packages also offer concert tickets plus a dinner reception with the performers.
Tibet House US is a non-profit educational institution and cultural embassy founded at the request of the Dalai Lama in 1987 to ensure the survival of the unique Tibetan civilization. Past performers at the event include Paul Simon, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, Lou Reed, R.E.M., David Bowie, Ray Davies and the Roots. This isn’t the first time for the Flaming Lips, as Wayne Coyne and company performed at the 2011 Tibet House event.
The 2014 Tibet House Benefit Concert featured the one-time-only supergroup of Iggy Pop, Philip Glass, New Order’s Bernard Sumner and the Patti Smith Group’s Jay Dee Daugherty performing Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart.” The unique concert also featured Robert Randolph jamming out with the Patti Smith Group and the National sharing the stage with surprise guest Sufjan Stevens. Smith herself performed a mini-set before the concert wrapped up, as per tradition, with all the performers back onstage for a rendition of Smith’s “People Have the Power.”