HW Pick: Bill Withers And Allstars Returns To Carnegie Hall

August 24, 2015

billwithers342 years after the release of Bill Withers’ seminal ‘Live At Carnegie Hall’ LP, the iconic, yet reclusive soul man will return to the same hallowed venue as part of a special tribute concert on October 1st.

In celebration of Withers’ recent induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the initial lineup includes Ed Sheeran, D’Angelo, Aloe Blacc, Sheryl Crow, Keb ‘Mo’, Michael McDonald, Gregory Porter, Kathy Mattea, Ledisi and Dr. John with more names to be revealed soon. This prolific group of musicians will be performing ‘Live At Carnegie Hall’ in its entirety (plus additional Withers classics – hopefully the classic Harlem). In a rare public appearance, Withers himself will be in attendance and participate.

Presented by Michael Dorf of City Winery, the concert will benefit the Stuttering Association for the Young (SAY). All net profits will go to the organization. Withers himself has stuttered since childhood and has been an important part of the SAY family for almost a decade. “Bill is a champion for all young people who stutter and has been a voice for more than 70 million people who stutter worldwide. SAY is honored to be part of what is sure to be a legendary night,” said Taro Alexander, SAY Founder & President.

Greg Phillinganes will serve as musical director and house bandleader all night. Phillinganes is known for his work as musical director for Stevie Wonder and the late Michael Jackson. The show will be co-produced by Bill’s wife Marcia, City Winery’s Shlomo Lipetz, and Phillinganes himself.

Dorf is uniquely suited to create such an impressive and eclectic roster as a founder of two seminal NYC music venues: the Knitting Factory, which he started in 1987 and sold in 2002, and City Winery, which he founded in 2008 in NYC and now has locations in Chicago, Napa and Nashville. He has over 27 years of live programming experience for stages across the globe.

Initial Lineup:

  • Ed Sheeran
  • D’Angelo
  • Aloe Blacc
  • Sheryl Crow
  • Keb ‘Mo’
  • Michael McDonald
  • Gregory Porter
  • Kathy Mattea
  • Ledisi
  • Dr. John
  • Branford Marsalis
  • Jonathan Butler
  • Anthony Hamilton

Check out Bill Withers performing Grandma’s Hands at the Carnegie Hall in 1972:

Event website tickets here

Carnegie Hall website tickets here

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