All-star Sept. 28 George Harrison benefit moves to Fonda Theatre


An all-star tribute to the music of George Harrison scheduled for Sept. 28 has sold out and will move from the original site at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles to the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, event organizers announced Monday.

The move will allow 400 more tickets to be sold to the event, which is slated to feature performances by Brian Wilson, Norah Jones, Heart’s Ann Wilson, Flaming Lips members Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Harrison’s son Dhani Harrison, Ben Harper and others.

The show is dubbed George Fest and benefits the musicians’ charity Sweet Relief through involvement of the Jameson Neighborhood Fund, which has organized other fests celebrating the music of Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and other rock figures in various cities.


Other acts on the bill for George Fest include Cold War Kids, Spoon’s Britt Daniel, Butch Walker, Ian Astbury, The Strokes’ Nick Valensi, Karen Elson, Jamestown Revival and other “special guests.” The ensemble has been dubbed “The Cabin Down Below Band.”

George Harrison is considered the father of the all-star rock music benefit concert for the 1971 Concert for Bangladesh organized at New York’s Madison Square Garden, for which he tapped Dylan, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Leon Russell and other musician friends to raise money for the country that had been ravaged by war and severe flooding.

Additional tickets, priced at $35, go on sale Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the concert’s official website.

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