Neil Young, Norah Jones, and Father John Misty, will headline the Harvest Moon Benefit Concert on September 14th at Painted Turtle camp in Lake Hughes, California — about an hour north of Los Angeles. Billboard reported the daytime benefit show will raise money for both Young's patron charity, The Bridge School as well as Painted Turtle.
According to the press release for the event: “Shortly after the date for the event was selected and Young agreed to perform, organizers realized that September 14th was the day of the night of the Harvest Moon, which enhances the specialness of the occasion. 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.”
The Bridge School was founded in 1986 by the Young's and his late-ex-wife Pegi and others to meet the needs of their children and other families in the Bay Area. The couple's son Ben was born with cerebral palsy, and he attended the school. Over the years, all proceeds from the concerts held at Mountain View California's Shoreline Amphitheater went directly to the school, which remains a non-profit organization educating children with severe speech and physical impairments through the use of augmentative and alternative communication systems and assistive technology.
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.”
While the Bridge School was still in its infancy in the 1980's, Neil Young outlined the school's ultimate mission: “We're trying to develop a classroom program using computers and different software and hardware to enable these kids to be able to communicate on a level that is with their intelligence.”
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. PST on Friday, July 19th. For more info, log on to harvestmoongathering.com.