Renowned musician Stephen Stills and his wife Kristen Stills will present the 5th Annual Light Up The Blues Concert — An Evening of Music to Benefit Autism Speaks benefit at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on April 21. Once again the concert benefiting the Autism Speaks charity will feature an all-star roster of musicians performing at the event.
Once again Stephen Stills’ band mate in Buffalo Springfield and CSNY, Neil Young will appear as part of the concert. Also returning to emcee the show is comedian/musician Jack Black.
“The last four Light Up The Blues benefits have been incredible, life-changing events for all involved,” said Stephen Stills. “With an exceptional lineup this year, we are so grateful to be able to bring such a special night of music to the entire community, and to continue to support Autism Speaks.”
Other musicians tapped to appear include Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers members Benmont Tench, Mike Campbell and Steve Ferrone, as well as Burt Bacharach, Judy Collins, Sheryl Crow, Chris Stills and Oliver Stills, with “many special guests” also promised. The night will also feature performances by three musicians that have autism.
“Once again, we are so thrilled to be doing this benefit for year number five” said Kristen Stills. “Working on behalf of Autism Speaks is our great privilege, and we are so pleased to hold this year’s concert at the iconic Dolby Theatre, home of the Oscars.
The concert coincides with Autism Speaks’ Light It Up Blue annual campaign for understanding and acceptance, which kicks off on World Autism Awareness Day, April 2, continues throughout April, which is World Autism Month. Tickets to the 5th Annual Light Up The Blues Concert — An Evening of Music to Benefit Autism Speaks go on sale this Friday, January 19 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster or the Dolby Theatre Box Office.