Reed, Simon Celebrate Freedom For ACLU

Multimedia concert set for Oct. 4 in New York.

Lou Reed and Paul Simon will join Mos Def, Patti Smith and others for the American Civil Liberities Union (ACLU) Freedom Concert, set for Oct. 4 at Avery Fisher Hall at New York's Lincon Center.

Produced by composer Philip Glass, the concert will bring attention to American civil liberties through music performances and spoken-word interpretations of landmark Supreme Court decisions over the past 50 years by performers like Robin Williams, Sean Penn and Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

"Protecting civil liberties is not restricted to the courtroom or the halls of Congress," says ACLU executive director Anthony D. Romero in a statement. "It can also be done in a concert hall with a microphone and a guitar."

The event will also fete comedian Lenny Bruce in honor of his statements about the importance of freedom of speech. A multimedia tribute that includes television clips from the '60s is being produced by longtime "Saturday Night Live" musical director Hal Wilner.

Tickets will go on sale for $100-$250 for the general public -- with special patron tickets for $500 and $1000 -- beginning Aug. 28. Proceeds for the concert will benefit the ACLU.