Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Steven Stills and others unite for benefit to fight autism (May 30, 2020)

by: Scott Bernstein

Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Willie Nelson are among the performers who will appear at Light Up The Blues, a benefit to raise funds for Autism Speaks put on by Stills and his wife Kristen. Light Up The Blues 2020 will take place at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles on May 30.

Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real, Lucius, Fantastic Negrito, Oliver Stills and Chris Stills round out the lineup for this year’s event. Jack Black will serve as emcee. Light Up The Blues was first held in 2013 and was last held in 2018 at the smaller Dolby Theatre. Stephen Stills shared the stage with Neil Young at the 2018 benefit.

“It’s a logical progression for us,” Stephen told Rolling Stone of the move to a bigger venue. “They welcomed us with open arms. And if you go any bigger than it, it becomes a zoo. Neil [Young] warned me, ‘Go too big and suddenly it turns into a thing that eats up half your year.’” Young prompted the Stills to organize the benefit after they took a year off. “We had to move out of our house for about a year to get some work done,” Kristen Stills explained. “We knew that would be a good year not to plan a concert. But then Neil stopped by a year ago and said, ‘Let’s do it in 2020.’ That’s where it started.”

Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real will serve as house band for the benefit. Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 14 at 10 a.m. PT.

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