Levon Helm and Jenny Lewis at the Greek Theatre, with Special Guest Steve Earle
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A dazzling who's who of Hollywood and Broadway talent will come together for this special benefit concert at The Pasadena Playhouse to help raise money to assist with relief efforts in the Philippines following November's devastating typhoon. Performers donating their time and remarkable talents include Lea Thompson (Cabaret, NBC's Caroline in the City), Loretta Devine (Dreamgirls), Sam Harris (The Producers), Nicole Parker (Wicked), Gwen Stewart (Rent), Valerie Perri (Evita, Gypsy) and many more. Proceeds will support the American Red Cross' Typhoon Appeal and its efforts to assist overseas as the people of the Philippines begin to recover and rebuild. Please see the full event description for a complete list of scheduled performers. Learn More
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Featured review from Dean B.
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The evening built to a crescendo. The very first act, someone whose name I did not get, was borderline pathetic. Then Jenny Lewis, someone I never heard of but talented and others must have known of her because they were singing along and recognizing songs.
Then Levon Helm's band. There are a few artists who you can tell they just enjoy performing. I can think of a few, Ella, Duke Ellington, Mel Torme, Tony Bennet. Levon Helm and his band members belong on that list. By my calculation they performed for close to two hours without a break. The band was complete with a reed man, a trombone, even a baby tuba emitted such an energy you didn't want it to end.
As others have noted LH is recovering from health issues, so didn't sing much and was raspy when he did. But that didn't slow the stick work, nor his contagious enjoyment of performing.
A couple of negatives about the Greek Theater. The performance didn't sell out and so cammo. was hung over sections to make the theater look more full. Unfortunately, one section near our seats was one of those blocked out and the cammo. smelled so musty it detracted from the experience.
Also the Greek, unlike the Hollywood Bowl, does not allow you to bring food or drink into the venue. There are some concession stands, but they have limited fast food items (chicken strips, hamburgers, etc). Too bad, better selection would enhance the evening.
With a career spanning over 5 decades, Levon Helm is sure to captivate his audience young and old, with a rhythmic power all his own. Helm achieved national fame as the drummer and frequently lead and backing vocalist for the R&B/rock group The Band. His deeply soulful, country-accented voice and creative drumming style is highlighted on many of The Band’s recordings such as “The Weight”, “Up on Cripple Creek”, “Ophelia” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”.
In September of 2007, Dirt Farmer Music and Vanguard Records released Dirt Farmer, Levon's first solo, studio album in twenty-five years, which earned him a Grammy award for “Best Traditional Folk Album” in February 2008. Helm released his follow-up CD, Electric Dirt in 2009. The intimacy of the shows performed at Levon’s hearth offer a hospitality and warmth found in no other venue, not to mention the excellence of the performances themselves, hosted by a man whose gifts are legendary.
Jenny Lewis, known for her rock band Rilo Kiley over the past 10 years, has transformed from a shy indie-rocker singing barely above a whisper into an authoritative, take-no-prisoners singer / songwriter / frontwoman. Tack sharp and unafraid of subject matter of any height or weight, channeling songs through either Rilo Kiley or her solo work, her staggering range as a writer has brought her critical acclaim around the globe.
Lewis has released two solo albums including her latest work Acid Tongue, where she collaborated with several notable musician friends. The album's tracks, disparate as they are, share a sparkling vitality; Lewis' voice has never sounded so expressive and the narratives have never been so hard-hitting and acerbic.
Steve Earle is set to release Townes, his highly anticipated follow up to the Grammy Award winning album Washington Square Serenade, on May 12th via New West Records. The 15-song set is comprised of songs written by Earle’s friend and mentor, the late singer-songwriter, Townes Van Zandt. Townes will also be available as a deluxe two-CD set, as well as double Limited Edition 180 gram vinyl.