Tonight, Neil Young is coming to town to play a benefit for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music. The non-profit founded by Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist Flea aims to expand its scholarship program and purchase a permanent facility. The organization, which currently rents space in a building in Sunset Junction, has been offering educational services to music-minded youngsters for 13 years; its kids’ choir sometimes collaborates with bands that want to feature children’s voices without having to call the Mormon Tabernacle. Case in point: Ryan Gosling and Zach Shields, bandmates in Dead Man’s Bones, cut a great album with the youngsters a few years back.
In addition to an intimate performance by the Godfather of Grunge, the event will be catered by Heirloom LA, Intelligentsia Coffee, Bar Stella, and Silverlake Wine, and will also feature a silent auction. Works by emerging emerging artists like Justin Bua, Sage Vaughn, and RETNA will be up for bid alongside works by luminaries like Ed Ruscha, Damien Hirst, and Mike Kelley. For the more retail-minded, there’s schwag from Gucci, Mohawk General Store, and Marc Jacobs.
Tickets for the affair are $25,000 for a table of 10 or a mere $2,000 for individuals. Sure you could buy 4,000 Jack in the Box tacos with that kind of dough, but this is tax deductible. Besides, supporting youthful creativity is far more rewarding in the long run. These may eventually be the kids creating those pop tunes you can’t get out of your head. Think of it as an investment in your future.