Last night, an all-star lineup of musicians converged on the Bowery Ballroom to pay tribute to Neil Young. The occasion was Neil Fest, a two-night benefit show that’s raising money for the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund on behalf of the Jameson Neighborhood Fund. Last night’s show was the first of the two nights, and its lineup included Ryan Adams, Norah Jones, Jakob Dylan, Body/Head, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner. A few videos have shown up on the internet, and they include a badass, authoritative, stripped-down “Cinnamon Girl” cover from Ryan Adams. Norah Jones sang backup on that one, and she also joined Adams for a duet version of “Old Man.” Dylan took on “Southern Man.” And Valerie June led the night’s entire lineup through a singalong version of “Helpless.” Watch those performances below.
Night two goes down tonight, and it features, among many others, Patrick Carney. So look for Jack White to come crashing through the wall like the Kool-Aid Man.