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Watch Dave Matthews, Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, & More Cover Tom Petty’s “Refugee” For Refugees

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 MatthewsSteve EarleEmmylou HarrisPatty GriffinJoan 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.

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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.

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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]