Bridge School Benefit: Neil Young, Arcade Fire, Mumford & Sons - Reverb

Photo essay: Bridge School Benefit featuring Mumford & Sons, Dave Matthews, Arcade Fire, Neil Young and more @ the Shoreline Amphitheatre

Neil and Pegi Young celebrated 25 years of Bridge School support at the Shoreline Amphitheatre this weekend in Mountain View, California. The annual benefit concert has become a Bay Area tradition that brings together high-profile music acts to raise money and awareness for the Bridge School’s effort to help children with severe physical impairments and complex communication needs.

Two nights of a packed house were treated to acoustic performances by Norah Jones & the Little Willies, Beck, Mumford & Sons, Los Invisibles with Carlos Santana, Eddie Vedder, The Foo Fighters, Tony Bennett, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, Arcade Fire and of course Neil Young.

While Bridge School Benefit veterans Jones and Beck, Matthews and Vedder were celebrating three, five and 10 years of support, respectively, newcomers Mumford & Sons and Arcade Fire were big draws for the capacity crowd. Diana Krall and Jimmy Fallon were unfortunately missing from the lineup due to Krall’s injured knee and a missed flight for Fallon.

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Shawn Parker is a Bay Area-based Reverb contributor.