John Mayer, My Morning Jacket and Ray LaMontagne are among more than a dozen acts who will pay tribute to Levon Helm as part of a benefit concert October 3rd at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Dubbed “Love for Levon,” the lineup also features Eric Church, Gregg Allman, Dierks Bentley, Marc Cohn, Patty Griffin, Warren Haynes, John Hiatt, Bruce Hornsby, Jorma Kaukonen, the Levon Helm Band, Robert Randolph, Mavis Staples, Joe Walsh and Lucinda Williams. The musicians will perform with a house band led by Don Was and Larry Campbell, who was Helm’s musical director the last several years of his life. Proceeds from the show will help Helms’ estate keep ownership of his home, barn and studio, and to continue the Midnight Ramble Sessions held there.
“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,” Sandy and Amy Helm, the Band singer’s wife and daughter, said in a statement.
In addition to singing and drumming as part of the iconic rock group the Band, Helm amassed a considerable solo catalog and acted in movies including Coal Miner’s Daughter and The Right Stuff. He was 71 when he died April 19th after a lengthy battle with throat cancer.
Tickets for Love for Levon go on sale August 29th through Ticketmaster.