Today, we're welcoming our good pal Rob Evanoff to the pages of ATV with a review of the recent Bridge School Benefit concerts in San Francisco!
DAY 1 - At this time nearly two weeks ago, I was hurtling my German-engineered sports coupe at triple digit speeds over a 343-mile stretch up I-5 in an effort to immerse myself in an inaugural visit to the world-famous event known as the Bridge School Benefit; an annual weekend of concerts hosted by Neil Young and his wife Pegi. This year marked the 23rd Annual Benefit which has seen the likes of Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Elton John, Brian Wilson, Pearl Jam, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Trent Reznor, Metallica, Thom Yorke and hundreds of others grace its stage; all to support the Bridge School where Neil & Pegi’s son Ben attends.
The drive up I-5 north to Mountain View, CA (45 minutes south of San Francisco) from Los Angeles is a barren one fraught with scores of fields of vineyards of grapes & strawberries matched by large swaths of trees bearing avocados & almonds which are delicious in my belly but desolate before my eyes. Fortunately for me, Matt from ATV had cued up a 45-song playlist of Neil Young and CSNY tracks to accompany these barren miles with a 5-hour jam of Neil at his finest. “Down By the River,” “Cowgirl in the Sand,” Southern Man” and their musical brethren were the perfect road-trip soundtrack.