By Hilary Gridley
“American Girl.” “Mary Jane’s Last Dance.” “Free Fallin’.” Tom Petty’s instantly recognizable hits have soundtracked unforgettable nights with friends around the world for rock stars and rock fans alike. On October 24, New Yorkers will have the chance to catch the favorite artists paying tribute to Petty’s legacy while supporting a good cause, and folks in Los Angeles will have the chance to catch the show Nov. 14 and 15.
In New York, artists including Devendra Banhart, Justin Townes, Nicole Atkins, Delta Spirit, Karen Elson, Adam Green, Father John Misty, Ryan Miller of Guster, Andrew W.K., and Caveman will hit Webster Hall to put their own spin on their favorite Petty tunes at Petty Fest NY.
Then on the west coast, the first-ever Petty Fest LA will be held at The El Rey Theater for two nights in mid-November featuring Pat Carney of The Black Keys, Nick Valensi of The Strokes, Nicole Atkins, Bijou Phillips, Har Mar Super Star, Jenny O, members of Eagles Of Death Metal and many more.
One hundred percent of ticket sales proceeds will benefit Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, which provides financial assistance to musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. The organization also runs The Musician’s Cancer Fund. As they explain, “We all have received so much out of music, it’s time to give a little back!”
Petty Fest grew out of the Best Fest series, which started with Dylan Fest to commemorate Bob Dylan’s 60th Birthday and also includes Stones Fest. The New York Times described The Fest as “one the most jubilant events of the year,” and Rolling Stone touted it as “an experience that is equal parts concert and celebration.”