Roger Waters, Grace Potter Join ‘Love for Levon’ Event
Grace Potter and Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters are among the latest additions to the already star-studded “Love for Levon” concert, which will pay tribute to the late Levon Helm, drummer and vocalist for the Band.
The two will join previously announced artists My Morning Jacket, Lucinda Williams, Mavis Staples, Eric Church, Joe Walsh, Bruce Hornsby, John Hiatt, Robert Randolph, Warren Haynes and many more at the event. John Mayer was originally scheduled to play, though it is unclear if he will appear now that he has undergone throat surgery and is currently unable to sing. The singer-songwriter has appeared at other events, including this past weekend’s Southern Ground festival in Nashville, playing his guitar but staying away from the microphone.
Garth Hudson, the keyboardist and horn player for the Band, also will appear at the concert, which will be held October 3 at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. Helm died earlier this year as a result of throat cancer. Proceeds from the event will go to save his home/studio in Woodstock, N.Y., which is the site of many of Helm’s famous “Midnight Rambles.”
Speaking of which, there will be a third installment of the Levon Helm Band’s Midnight Rambles Sessions released in November, it was recently announced. The new collection, which is one of Helm’s last projects before he died, will be released November 20.
The collection brings together a slew of recordings from the “Midnight Ramble” concerts, and features a slew of guest musicians, including Chris Robinson and Allen Toussaint, playing with the Levon Helm band.
“They made some cool, unpredictable song choices. They highlighted some of the real core aspects of the Ramble,” said Amy Helm, Levon’s daughter that is a member of the band. She went on to speak of Levon’s dedication to the Midnight Ramble concerts.
“He wanted to build an environment where music was holding its rightful place,” she said. “If he’d had his way, he would have had the Ramble every night. He always said that.”