By Sarah Weiss
April is Autism Awareness Month, and to focus public attention on advocacy efforts the second annual Light Up the Blues Concert will return to Los Angeles on April 5 to benefit Autism Speaks, an organization that funds research into the causes, treatments and prevention of autism.
The concert is set to be held at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles and will feature an impressive lineup including Crosby Stills & Nash, John Mayer, Don Felder, Brandi Carlile, Chris Stills, and many others.
At the heart of the event is “Light It Up Blue,” Autism Speaks’ fundraising campaign that goes toward advancing research and backing efforts for those impacted by the disorder.
“We are so thrilled to be doing this again,” said event co-hosts Stephen and Kristen Stills. “Last year’s Light Up The Blues benefit was such an incredible event, life changing for all involved. We are so grateful to be able to bring such a special night of music to the Autism community and to support Autism Speaks.”
Also performing are special guests—rapper Watsky, indie artist Xolie Morra, Rio “Soulschocka” Wyles, Adam Mandela Walden and Neal Katz.
Since its inception in 2005, Autism Speaks has donated more than $195 million to developing autism resources for families. On the global scale, Autism Speaks has mobilized more than 40 countries across five continents to nurture international research and awareness.
“We value our partnership with the Stills family on this amazing event that not only has great music, but also highlights the incredible talents of individuals on the spectrum, and lets them shine bright for a wonderful evening, ” said Matt Asner, Executive Director of Southern California for Autism Speaks.
The Light Up the Blues concert is sold out, but to get involved or donate to Autism Speaks, click here.