Levon Helm – drummer-vocalist with Rock & Roll Hall of Famers the Band and his own three-time Grammy Award-winning Levon Helm Band – passed away last month after a lengthy battle with cancer, just a few weeks short of his 72nd birthday, which is Saturday (May 26).
Helm was also the host of the legendary Saturday night Midnight Rambles, which took place in his Woodstock home/studio/barn. And at 8pm this Saturday, there will be one more very special Midnight Ramble in honor of Levon. Performers will be members of the Levon Helm Band and featuring the Dirt Farmer Band – Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, Byron Isaacs, Justin Guip and Levon’s daughter Amy Helm.
As the posting on the Levon Helm website says, “Come and join us on Saturday, May 26th – the day Levon would have celebrated his 72nd birthday. We all felt the need to be together, and we’d like you to be there with us. It’s time for the healing to begin and we know Levon would want that to happen through music at the barn.”
Unfortunately, all of the tix – including standing room – are sold out for the birthday Ramble.
But there are several other Levon Helm tribute concerts that will be taking place throughout Nippertown during the upcoming weeks. Here are a few of them that we’re aware of:
WHEN: Wednesday, May 30, 7:30pm
WHERE: The Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield
WHAT: “The Last Waltz: A Tribute to Levon Helm & the Band”
WHO: Featuring the Rev Tor Band & Friends (David Grover, Gina Coleman, Steve Ide, Bobby Sweet, Bernice Lewis, Tony Thomas, Jim Benson, Divinitress, Terry Hall, Ben Kohn, Todd Mack, Jeff Martell, Beth Maturevich, Rebecca Mattson, Sarah McNair, Chris Merenda, Daniel Osmon, Jason Webster)
HOW MUCH: $22 in advance; $25 at the door. Children 12 & under $11 in advance; $12.50 at the door.
WHY: A benefit concert for Moments House, a community center for Berkshire County residents impacted with a cancer diagnosis
WHEN: Saturday, June 2
WHERE: Mountain Jam @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter
WHAT: “Gov’t Mule’s Tribute Ramble”
WHO: Gov’t Mule and the Levon Helm Band
HOW MUCH: Saturday-only ticket is currently $60; tix price at the gate TBA. Three-day pass is currently $170; tix price at the gate TBA. Children 10 and under are free if accompanied by a ticket-holding adult.
WHEN: Thursday, June 7, 8pm
WHERE: Club Helsinki, Hudson
WHAT: “A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Levon Helm”
WHO: The Felice Brothers, Elvis Perkins in Dearland, Ambrosia Parsley & the Elegant Too, A.C Newman (of the New Pornographers), Diamond Doves and special guests
HOW MUCH: $15
WHEN: Friday, June 15
WHERE: Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
WHAT: “Across the Great Divide: A Tribute to Levon Helm and the Band”
WHO: The Stone Revival Band as the house band with special guests Pete O’Hearn, Chris Fisher, Eric Margan, Tom LaFond, Dan Johnson, MotherJudge, Michaek Eck, Kim Buckley, Ted Grey, Brian Mangini, Vinnie Amico, Rick Annen
HOW MUCH: $10
WHY: A benefit concert for the American Cancer Society