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City Winery does book music, but its founder and longtime events producer, Michael Dorf, needs a larger forum from time to time.
The place: Carnegie Hall.
Mr. Dorf and his team put on an annual tribute concert at this world-class venue, with all of the net proceeds going to music education for underprivileged youth at seven local schools.
Raising nearly $1 million in the last decade, the fundraisers have celebrated the music of the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen (who performed at his own night), Bob Dylan, Elton John and Prince.
This year’s hat tip, on Monday night, was to Paul Simon. (The singer-songwriter didn’t attend; he was tied up with a recording session.)
“We want people to take this in different directions,” Mr. Dorf said of his decidedly eclectic line-up.
“They are all different performers so you are also curating a bit,” he went on. “You try to punctuate different things at the right moment during the show—because if it was all beautiful singer-songwriters, it just wouldn’t work as well.”
In all, there were 22 performances—from Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson to newer singer-songwriters Josh Ritter and Brett Dennen to punk rockers Bob Mould of Husker Du, Gibby Haynes of the Butthole Surfers and John Doe of X.
Also on hand: soul’s Bettye LaVette and Sam Moore, folk icon Judy Collins and Allen Toussaint, from the New Orleans R&B scene.
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“The thing I’m most excited about is Snow Guilfoyle and Megan Doyle, who are these two 13-year-old girls from Church Street School of Music and Art. They are doing a duet of ‘Scarborough Fair/Canticles,'” Mr. Dorf said. “It’s just beautiful. They’ve been in the school for six years.”
One of the biggest rounds of applause of the evening was for the girls.
Other standouts included the Wilson sisters on “America” and Joe Henry singing “The Boxer.” Mike Gordon of Phish offered up a fun version of “Late in the Evening” and the African singer Angelique Kidjo wowed the crowd with “You Can Call Me Al” from the “Graceland” album.
The night ended with everyone on stage singing “The 59th St. Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy).”
Backstage, the scene was pretty relaxed with musicians hanging out, waiting their turn to go on stage.
“When they first asked me, I said I’d do ‘Bridge Over Troubled Waters,’ but Judy Collins was doing it,” said Mr. Moore, who first met Mr. Simon on the set of the movie ‘One Trick Pony.’
“So I picked ‘Loves Me Like a Rock’ because it has the Dixie Hummingbirds on background vocals that I always loved,” he said.
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Madeleine Peyroux didn’t try to hide her anxiety about playing such a famous venue.
“I’m a little nervous that something will go wrong, like I’ll forget the words,” said Ms. Peyroux. “The excitement of playing Carnegie Hall isn’t lost on anybody.”
Mr. Toussaint hailed both the night’s honoree and Mr. Dorf’s club.
“I’m here because of Paul Simon, but also the Winery. I’ll be involved with anything that City Winery does because I love that place,” said Mr. Toussaint, who played “Take me to the Mardi Gras” a few minutes later.
“It seemed proper that I’m doing that one, so I’m glad no one picked it before me,” he said.
Many of the artists and friends wrapped up the evening at City Winery.
After an opening set by Nicole Atkins Band, the Brooklyn-based afrobeat band Antibalas took over as the house band for a jam session. (They had backed up several of the singers at the tribute.)
Mr. Dennen did a great version of Bob Marley’s “Them Belly Full.” Then, Ms. LaVette let loose with a version of Bill Withers’s “Ain’t No Sunshine”—she danced and scatted with each band member and pronounced Antibalas “one of the best bands I’ve heard in 20 years.”