Musicians Encouraged To Cover Levon Helm This Week

By Scott Bernstein Apr 17, 2016 3:30 pm PDT

Tuesday will mark four years since The Band drummer Levon Helm passed away. Levon’s legacy lives on through Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, New York, his beloved performance space/studio which has honored his dying wish of “keep it goin'” throughout the past four years. A note on Levon’s Facebook page encourages musicians to keep Levon’s spirit alive in a different way.

“04/19/16 will mark the 4th anniversary of Levon’s departure from our world. Wouldn’t it be great if every musician who’s playing a gig this week performed a Levon Helm song & played it like there’s no tomorrow?,” reads the note. Dozens of The Band and Levon Helm covers were performed in the days following his death from artists such as Bruce Hornsby, The Lumineers, Bon Iver, Guster, Umphrey’s McGee, Drive-By Truckers and the Warren Haynes Band.

Watch the Warren Haynes Band perform “It Makes No Difference” > “The Weight” > “It Makes No Difference (Reprise)” on the night of his death in Charleston, South Carolina:

An open house will be held at Levon Helm Studios on Saturday, April 23 in honor of the anniversary of Levon’s passing. Upcoming concerts at Levon Helm Studios include The Fab Faux on April 29, The Barr Brothers with Marco Benevento on May 6 and Joan Osborne on June 11.

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