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Bridge benefit: There 'comes a time' for Neil Young

October 24, 2009 |  5:51 pm


Neil Young just kicked off the 23rd Bridge School Benefit this weekend in Mountain View, just north of San Jose.

After Young's wife, Pegi, introduced the Bridge School students, including their son, Ben, Neil Young offered the title number from his 1978 album "Comes a Time." He was joined by three members of the Dennis Alley Wisdom Dancers, a Native American troupe that provided a brief cleansing ceremony to set a spiritual tone for the evening.

On a balmy night with the sun setting behind the hill at the Shoreline Amphitheatre, Young played acoustic guitar and harmonica for the event that traditionally runs 100% unplugged.

This year's lineup also includes No Doubt, Coldplay's Chris Martin, Sheryl Crow, Jimmy Buffett, Adam Sandler, Fleet Foxes, Monsters of Folk and Wolfmother.

It was the start of what figures to be six hours of music for what's become one of the pop music community's most respected benefits. Proceeds from the two-day event benefit the Bay Area school for special needs children.

--Randy Lewis

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Photo credit: Randi Lynn Beach / For The Times