In 1986, iconic Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young organized the first Bridge School Benefit, a yearly charity concert held in Mountainview, California. Since its inception the Bridge concerts have showcased a diverse roster of high-profile artists including Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Sonic Youth, Brian Wilson, Grizzly Bear, and of course Young himself.
This weekend marked the twenty-fifth Bridge School Benifit, featuring Beck, Eddie Vedder, the Foo Fighters, Devendra Banhart, Dave Matthews, and Arcade Fire, among others. Judging by videos of the event that are surfacing, it was an outstanding show. Undoubtedly one of the highlights was Young’s performance of “Helpless” alongside his buds in the Arcade Fire. Above you can watch Young split vocal duties with Win Butler on the classic tune, backed by the rest of the award-hoarding Montreal outfit. And yes, there are harmonica solos.
Songs in this video include:
1:24 The Suburbs, 7:31 Empty Room, 12:16 Month of May, 15:50 Rebellion (Lies), 21:51 Intervention, 26:59 Helpless (with Neil Young) [Crosby Stills Nash & Young cover], 33:00 Wake Up