On Tuesday evening, Octover 3rd, the “Lampedusa” tour kicked off at the Moore Theatre in Seattle featuring a diverse and talented group of musicians including Dave Matthews, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, Joan Baez and more. The string of performances are intended as a benefit for the Jesuit Refugee Service, a nonprofit that looks out for the well-being of refugees across North Ameirca.
Just one day earlier, on October 2nd rock legend Tom Petty had suddenly passed away after suffering a heart attack at his Malibu, CA home. To begin their collaborative benefit performance at the Moore Theatre, the collective of musicians opted for an all-too-appropriate song, Petty and the Heartbreakers’ “Refugee,” a nod to both the dearly departed singer and the sensitive socio-political nature of the evening’s gathering. Earle, Harris and Griffin each took a verse of the Petty classic, while Matthews took chorus duties on the string heavy, emotionally potent cover.
You can watch footage of Dave Matthews, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin and more performing Tom Petty’s “Refugee” below, courtesy of YouTube user LJSimon:
For further information on the Jesuit Refugee Service and the upcoming Lampedusa Concerts For Refugees, head to the organization’s website.
[h/t – Rolling Stone]