Elton John, Elvis Costello, Jeff Bridges, Gregg Allman, John Mellencamp, and other stars will perform at a pair of shows to benefit The Participant Foundation, which supports music and arts education in public schools. The concerts will take place on October 16 at the Wang Center in Boston and October 20 at the Beacon Theater in New York City.
The shows are being curated by famed producer T Bone Burnett and are timed to coincide with the release of the documentary Waiting for Superman, which explores the state of public education. The film is directed by Davis Guggenheim who previously made the Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth.
The concerts are the first to be presented under the banner of The Speaking Clock Revue and will feature a house band. “The privacy and the intimacy of the studio afford artists the freedom to create,” Burnett explained in a statement, “but something thrilling happens in getting away from the machines and into the live communication of real time storytelling in the larger community. We are looking forward with great anticipation to getting The Speaking Clock Revue up and running this fall and continuing it in the years to come.”
Early in his career, Burnett played with the Bob Dylan-featuring Rolling Thunder Revue, which toured extensively during the mid-’70s. After the jump you can find a clip of Dylan and the Rolling Thunder band performing the legendary songsmith’s track “Isis,” as well as the trailer for Waiting for Superman.
Tickets for The Speaking Clock Revue shows go on sale Monday, September 27 at noon, through Ticketmaster.
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