'Love for Levon' Helm Benefit: John Mayer, Dierks Bentley + More

LEVON HELM May 26, 1940 - April 19, 2012 (Age 71) The passionate singer, drummer and mandolin player in The Band lent his Southern tenor to the group's classic songs "Up on Cripple Creek" and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down."

John Mayer, Gregg Allman, Dierks Bentley and several other musicians are getting together to pay tribute to the late Levon Helm. The "Love for Levon" benefit concert will be held Oct. 3 at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. It will include performances from such artists as My Morning Jacket, Ray LaMontagne, Eric Church, Patty Griffin, Bruce Hornsby, Mavis Staples and Joe Walsh.


The influential Grammy-winning singer and drummer for The Band died of throat cancer earlier this year at age 71.

The Miracle of Levon Helm

"We are deeply moved that so many musicians and friends of Levon's are coming together to celebrate his life and his music, and to help us keep his musical spirit and vision alive in the Midnight Rambles," said Sandy and Amy Helm, Levon's wife and daughter. "We want to continue to honor his legacy by creating a musical landmark at the Barn, one that inspires and celebrates Americana music and its heritage."

Tickets go on sale to the public Aug. 29. Proceeds from the concert will support Levon's estate and his Midnight Ramble concerts. Don Was and Larry Campbell will serve as co-musical directors.

Other performers will include Warren Haynes, John Hiatt, Lucinda Williams, Robert Randolph, Marc Cohn and the Levon Helm Band.