Who: Bettye LaVette, Brian Wheat of Tesla, Erika Wennerstrom of Heartless Bastards, J Mascis, Living Colour, London Souls, O.A.R., Richie Sambora & Orianthi, the Zombies, Tony Shanahan, Sarah Tomek, and more to be announced
What: Fundraising tribute to Led Zeppelin
Where: Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, 57th St. & Seventh Ave., 212-247-7800
When: Wednesday, March 7, $48-$175 (VIP packages $325-$10,000), 8:00
Why: Since 2006, City Winery has been staging “Music of” benefit tribute shows to legendary performers at Carnegie Hall, from David Bowie, Prince, Aretha Franklin, and Bruce Springsteen to Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Jimmy Webb, and the Who. This year City Winery owner Michael Dorf gets the led out with a evening honoring Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and the late John Bonham, whose nine British blues-rock albums as Led Zeppelin over the course of thirteen years and groundbreaking live shows changed the face of popular music. On March 7, more than two dozen musicians will gather in the Stern Auditorium to play big hits and deep cuts by the fantastic foursome; the roster currently features Bettye LaVette, Brian Wheat of Tesla, Erika Wennerstrom of Heartless Bastards, J Mascis, Living Colour, London Souls, O.A.R., Richie Sambora & Orianthi, and the Zombies, with a house band fronted by Tony Shanahan and Sarah Tomek. Various VIP packages, with such names as “Dazed & Confused,” “Whole Lotta Love,” and “Stairway to Heaven,” come with a five-course dinner with participating artists, soundcheck access, preview performances, and other perks; for ten grand you can join in onstage for the grand finale. (Keep watching this space for information about the live rehearsal show on March 6 and afterparty on March 7.) All proceeds will benefit Midori & Friends, the Center for Arts Education, Little Kids Rock, Grammy in the Schools, Fixing Instruments for Kids in Schools, the Orchestra Now, the D’Addario Foundation, Sonic Arts for All, and the Church Street School for Music & Art.