Words: JR Hevron
“You are all in for an insanely special show,” says event organizer Noah Chernin of Monday’s Levon Helm tribute at Brooklyn Bowl: “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”: A Celebration of the Life and Music of Levon Helm”
In the true spirit of the rambles that Levon Helm was famous for hosting at his barn in Woodstock, Chernin — along with Pete Costello and Adam Geringer-Dunn of Brooklyn Bowl — have put together a stellar lineup of performers to honor the memory of the great Band drummer.
In addition to a core band of Marco Benevento, Dave Dreiwitz, Scott Metzger and Joe Russo (who play together regularly as Bustle In Your Hedgrow), the organizers have invited special guest performers including Craig Finn & Tad Kubler (The Hold Steady), Ryan Miller (Guster), Grayson Capps, members of The Felice Brothers, Nicole Atkins, Phosphorescent, Family Band, Diamond Doves, Kelli Scarr, Yellowbirds, Tom Hamilton (American Babies), Thieving Irons and Luke Rathborne.
“Scott and Joe were the first people I called,” says Chernin. “I said ‘I know this is early (Levon had just passed) but it is really important we do something.’ Luckily, Marco and Dave were available, and the dots just kept connecting after that.”
Proceeds from the event will go to help keep Levon’s barn up and running. While this isn’t an “official” event, Cherin has been in touch with Levon’s management and they are aware and extremely grateful. “That definitely matters,” says Chernin, “as we wanted to have their approval and support in doing this. I wanted them to know we are coming from a place of deep love and admiration for Levon and his band and family and we want to give back as he has given so much to so many.”