The concert, which features musicians Crosby, Stills and Nash, John Mayer, Don Felder, Brandi Carlile, and Chris Stills will take place on April 5th at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Also performing are special guests — rapper Watsky, indie artist Xolie Morra and The Strange Kind, Rio “Soulschocka” Wyles, Adam Mandela Walden, and Neal Katz.
The April 5 event, sponsored by GUESS Foundation, spotlights Light It Up Blue, Autism Speaks’ annual global awareness and fundraising campaign celebrated by the international autism community during World Autism Awareness Day and throughout Autism Awareness Month in April. Proceeds from the Light Up The Blues Concert will go towards Autism Speaks’ research and advocacy efforts for families and individuals impacted by the disorder.
Last year’s benefit was recorded as a documentary-style concert film titled Light Up the Blues, which will be released April 1st through iTunes. The film captures an inspired evening of music emceed by Jack Black and featuring musical guests Crosby, Stills and Nash, Rickie Lee Jones, Lucinda Williams, Don Felder, Chris Stills, and three gifted, budding musicians who are on the Autism Spectrum.
Executive Director of Southern California for Autism Speaks Matthew Asner states, “We are so proud to have been involved in this magic evening and are ecstatic that the evening’s magic has been captured so beautifully in this wonderful film.”
The film includes interview footage peppered with spontaneous backstage moments that give a realistic and touching look at the challenges presented by autism, as well as the tremendous hope and inspiration given to so many by individuals with Autism pursuing their dreams. All proceeds from the film will benefit Autism Speaks.