On October 24th, Reprise Records will release two very special and highly anticipated packages: a three-DVD set and a two-CD collection that feature unique live performances from many of the phenomenal artists who've performed at the beloved Annual Bridge School Benefit Concerts over the past 25 years. Some of the biggest names in music are included on The Bridge School Benefit Concerts - 25th Anniversary Edition, performing rare, acoustic versions of songs, never heard anywhere else, to benefit The Bridge School, a non-profit, innovative organization educating children with severe speech and physical impairments through the use of augmentative and alternative communication systems and assistive technology. This once-in-a-lifetime collection is sure to become a treasured artifact for generations to come.
Artists featured on the three-DVD set include Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, Pearl Jam, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, The Who, Tom Petty, Simon and Garfunkel, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, and much more. Neil Young organizes the event each year with his wife Pegi Young. A documentary DVD includes "The Bridge School Story," which gives a special look into this wonderful school and the truly phenomenal services they provide children with advanced physical and communication challenges. Another documentary on the DVD, "Backstage At The Bridge School Benefit Concert," offers a bird's-eye view of the event itself, along with special features that include heartfelt interviews with the students and the artists themselves. The two- CD set features exclusive performances from Sheryl Crow, Thom Yorke, Norah Jones, No Doubt, Willie Nelson, Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews, Sonic Youth, and more.
The cover art has been designed by renowned artist Shepard Fairey.
Bridge School co-founder Pegi Young and Executive Director Dr. Vicki Casella explain:
"The success of The Bridge School has been ensured over these many years through the extraordinary generosity of performers, artists and musicians. The funds raised by this benefit have allowed us to have a positive impact on children, families and professionals throughout the world."
The DVD and CD packages will be released just after this year's Bridge School Benefit Concerts, which will held at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA, on October 22nd and 23rd. The Bridge School Benefit is an annual concert that directs all proceeds to The Bridge School. The first concert was held in October 1986, and, with the exception of 1987, the concert has been held every year since. As a practice, the performers use acoustic instruments. Young also personally performs every year.
This pair of must-own packages memorializes the artists' passion and commitment to a worthy cause that links us all together. The Bridge School Benefit Concerts - 25th Anniversary Edition will entertain, enlighten, and inform you on how to become a member of The Bridge School family. For more about The Bridge School, visit www.bridgeschool.org
Click here to find out more information on the release and how to donate directly to The Bridge School. Click here to pre-order the triple DVD package. Click here to pre-order the double CD package.