Best Fest and the George Harrison Estate have come together to present something for George Harrison lovers and rock enthusiasts everywhere (or at least in California). Los Angeles will see the very first George Fest: A Night to Celebrate The Music of George Harrison. Best Fest has previously honored icons with events like Dylan Fest, Stones Fest, and Petty Fest. George Fest will take place September 28, and tickets go on sale today.
A wide range of rock artists will give performances, including Brian Wilson, Norah Jones, Brandon Flowers and Mark Stoermer (The Killers), Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd (The Flaming Lips), Britt Daniel (Spoon), Ann Wilson (Heart), Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Cold War Kid, Weird Al Yankovic, and members of The Stokes, The Cult, Weezer, Guster, Velvet Revolver, and more. Best Fest’s house band, Cabin Down Below Band, will also feature. All this will take place a few days following the new release of a Harrison box set, The Apple Years 1968-75. The six-disc set comes with his first six solo records, previously unreleased photos, and unheard songs, some featuring Ringo Starr.
The entire production is for a unique kind of charity. 100% of the proceeds will go to Sweet Relief, which provides financial help and funding to career musicians who struggle to make ends meet. Funds from George Fest will specifically go to the artists in the Los Angeles area.
The multi-band event will take place at the historic El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles.
Here are a few updates on some of the George-honoring performers:
Brandon Flowers is coming out with a new solo album in 2015. The untitled project will be produced by Ariel Rechshaid (of Haim and Vampire Weekend).
The Flaming Lips recently worked with guitar shop Death by Audio to create a device that uses a telephone decoding chip to manipulate and transport sound into “exciting new dimensions.” It’s called “The Flaming Lips Space Ring Pedal.”
Spoon just came out with They Want my Soul, and critics are (as usual) not sure how to categorize the tracks by the band that puts individuality first.
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s most recent project was the soundtrack for zombie rom com “Life After Beth” starring Aubrey Plaza.
Weirld Al is playing a singing monk in ABC’s upcoming medieval musical fantasy comedy called “Galavant.” The pictures promoting the show have fans in frenzies all over social media.