John Mayer and My Morning Jacket are among the all-star lineup that will honor the late, great drummer for The Band, Levon Helm, at the upcoming “Love for Levon” benefit concert.
The concert will take place on October 3 at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. will also feature Lucinda Williams, Ray LaMontagne, Mavis Staples, Joe Walsh, Robert Randolph, Warren Haynes, John Hiatt, Eric Church, Patty Griffin, Bruce Hornsby, Marc Cohn and the Levon Helm Band. Helm died of throat cancer earlier this year. He was 71.
“We are deeply moved that so many musicians and friends of Levon’s are coming together to celebrate his life and his music, and to help us keep his musical spirit and vision alive in the Midnight Rambles,” said Sandy and Amy Helm – Levon’s wife and daughter – in a statement. “We want to continue to honor his legacy by creating a musical landmark at the Barn, one that inspires and celebrates Americana music and its heritage.”
The Midnight Rambles was a concert that were often held at a venue and studio known as the Barn on Helm’s property in upstate New York. Midnight Ramble Sessions would include a wide variety and eclectic mix of well-known and not so well-known musicians that would perform at the venue. All proceeds from the “Love for Levon” shows will go toward keeping the concert series going.
In addition to being the drummer (and occasional mandolin player) of the Band, Helm served as lead vocalist on many of the group’s most well-known hits, including “The Weight,” “Up on Cripple Creek” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.” The final solo studio album by Helm was 2009’s Electric Dirt. He was also an actor who appeared in movies including “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and “The Right Stuff.”