“Teach your children well” is a classic lyric from Neil Young’s collaborative music group, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. This year’s annual Bridge School Benefit Concert hosted by Neil Young had no other aim. Two of Neil Young’s children live with significant physical impairments that prompted him improve the lives of those in need.
The Bridge School located in Hillsborough, California, assists children with severe physical and speech impairments. The Bridge School is composed of four interrelated programs: Education, Transition, Outreach and Research. They have ongoing programs, projects, and activities that move all people closer to a life without barriers to education, participation and communication.
This year’s 23rd annual show, which got underway Saturday 10/24/09 at Shoreline Amphitheatre just north of San Jose with unplugged sets by No Doubt, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Jimmy Buffett, Sheryl Crow, Monsters of Folk, Fleet Foxes, Wolfmother and Gavin Rossdale. Adam Sandler was scheduled to take over Buffett’s slot as the only change on Sunday’s lineup.
Many of the artists performed directly to the special-needs students, that watch from an onstage riser placed right behind the performers. Young wandered back to the riser and played for the students, who include his son with cerebral palsy, Ben. They heartfully enjoyed the musician’s intimacy, who would also return to the front of the stage to do the same for the contributing audience.
To donate or to find about more about the Bridge School, please visit their website at https://www.bridgeschool.org.