The Best Fest outdid themselves last Sunday with the extremely successful George Fest: Night to Celebrate the Music of George Harrison held at The Fonda Theatre in Hollywood. It was sponsored by the amazing people at Jameson Whiskey making it possible to have 100% of the proceeds go straight to Sweet Relief Musicians Fund. They aid musicians facing illness, disability, and other medical difficulties. The Cabin Down Below Band hosted once again, acting as the solid backing band for night playing a mix of solo Harrison, Traveling Wilburys, and Beatles classics.
The celebration gathered a ridiculous amount of star power in the mid-size venue. An early surprise guest was comedian Conan O’Brien who did a good rendition of The Beatles’ “Old Brown Shoe”. California rockers Cold War Kids did a very impressive, high energy cover of “Taxman”. Weird Al Yankovic was impressively good in his rockin’ performance of “What Is Life”. One of our favorite singer-songwriters Norah Jones was absolutely breathtaking as she performed “Something”. Wayne Coyne was appropriately dressed as George Harrison, as he himself noted, and performed with Steven Drozd of Flaming Lips and Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction. The biggest highlights were Brandon Flowers of The Killers doing an excellent version of “Got My Mind Set On You” and the legendary Brian Wilson with Al Jardine of The Beach Boys performing “My Sweet Lord” with the rest of the lineup gathering onstage with him. The night was appropriately ended with everyone singing “All Things Must Pass”.
It was a very touching night dedicated to a truly one of a kind musician, the great George Harrison. His music continues to endure and inspire people all over, even those considered great musicians themselves. It should be noted that everyone performed for free with much enthusiasm. Here’s hoping this becomes a regular thing, just like Stones Fest, Petty Fest, and Dylan Fest!