Punch Brothers to Join T Bone Burnett’s The Speaking Clock Revue Benefit Concerts
T Bone Burnett will premiere The Speaking Clock Revue, a multi-artist concert event, on October 16 at the Wang Center in Boston and October 20 at the Beacon Theater in New York City. Punch Brothers will be among the artists performing on both nights of the Revue, as will Elton John & Leon Russell, John Mellencamp, Elvis Costello, Gregg Allman, Ralph Stanley, Jeff Bridges, Karen Elson, and The Secret Sisters. In addition, Neko Case and Jim James from My Morning Jacket will join the lineup in Boston and New York, respectively.
The concerts will be presented in a revue format with a house band consisting of the players featured on numerous Burnett-produced recordings. Tickets for The Speaking Clock Revue will go on sale Monday, September 27, at noon, through Ticketmaster.
The edition of The Speaking Clock Revue is presented with Participant Media in conjunction with the release of the documentary film Waiting For “Superman,” from Academy Award-winning filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, It Might Get Loud), which follows a handful of promising students through a US public school system and offers hope by exploring innovative approaches by education reformers who refuse to leave their students behind. All net proceeds from these shows will be donated to The Participant Foundation to support music and arts education programming in public schools.
In conceiving The Speaking Clock Revue, Burnett aims to bring to the live stage a musical event that conveys the excitement he and his fellow musicians experience when creating music in the recording studio. “The privacy and the intimacy of the studio afford artists the freedom to create, but something thrilling happens in getting away from the machines and into the live communication of real time storytelling in the larger community. The first tour I went on, my first job in show business, was on The Rolling Thunder Revue, and I've come back to that type of collaborative and extraordinarily rewarding experience from time to time. We are looking forward with great anticipation to getting The Speaking Clock Revue up and running this fall and continuing it in the years to come,” he said.
Burnett’s decision to join with Participant Media to donate all net proceeds from the concerts to support music and arts education came after he saw an early screening of Waiting for ”Superman”. As he explains, “This film deals most powerfully with the troubling state of public education in the United States, and offers solutions and the opportunity to be part of those solutions. I am very grateful to the musicians who are giving so generously of their time and talents for these shows, and for joining with the Participant Foundations to work for a better world.”
Punch Brothers will join Burnett, along with Karen Elson and the Secret Sisters, at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park on October 1. For more Punch Brothers tour dates, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.