September 10th, 2006
San Jose Mercury News
The lineup for the 20th annual Bridge School benefit concerts will feature major headliners, including the Dave Matthews Band, Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters.
Neil Young, the event's founder and regular host, will also take the stage during the two shows, set for Oct. 21 and 22 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View. Other acts will include former Beach Boy Brian Wilson, Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor, indie-pop darlings Death Cab for Cutie and lo-fi folk champ Devendra Banhart. More guests are expected to be announced in the weeks to come. Tickets for the shows go on sale at 10 a.m. next Sunday (Sept. 17) at Ticketmaster outlets.
Many of the featured acts are veterans of prior Bridge School benefits. Notably, Pearl Jam has performed at four concerts and the band's lead singer, Eddie Vedder, played the show as recently as 2004. The Dave Matthews Band hit the Bridge stage in 1997 and 2000 and Matthews made an appearance without his regular band mates last year.
The concerts are held to help raise money for the San Francisco Bay Area-based Bridge School, which serves students with severe speech and physical impairments. The concerts have taken place every year at Shoreline since 1986, except for 1987, when no concert was held, and 1988, which was held at Oakland Arena.