The Best Fest is a traveling festival of sorts that has celebrated the music of Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, The Rolling Stones, and now George Harrison. All the events that are put on by the Best Fest are both a celebration of music as well as a communal concert experience that is shared between fans as well as a plethora of incredible musicians that come together. The unique experience of these Best Fest events is not only witnessing musicians team up who do not regularly play together, but also seeing these musicians feel so proud to be paying tribute to a fellow musician and artist that they themselves hold so dear. The Best Fest is sponsored by Jameson Irish Whiskey, and 100 percent of all ticket sales went to the Jameson Neighborhood Fund to be donated to local charities within neighborhoods to help musicians, artists, and crafters.
The festival's backbone is supported by The Cabin Down Below Band, who act as the house band for each song, and consists of Alex Levy, Austin Scaggs, and Matt Romano. Each musician involved picked a song of George Harrison's that they wanted to pay tribute to, and with The Cabin Down Below Band as their backing band, they got to perform these songs.
Some of the musicians and special guests included:
Brian Wilson with Al Jardine (The Beach Boys), Norah Jones, Brandon Flowers and Mark Stroermer (The Killers), Conan O'Brien, Ann Wilson (Heart), Wayne Coyne & Steven Drozd (The Flaming Lips), Ben Harper, Britt Daniel (Spoon), Weird Al Yankovic, Nick Valensi (The Strokes), Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, George Harrison's son Dhani Harrison, Ian Astbury (the Cult), Butch Walker, Cold War Kids, Karen Elson, Brian Bell (Weezer), Big Black Delta, Chase Cohl, Jamestown Revival, Matt Sorum, Ryan Miller of Guster, The Black Ryder, Gingger Shankar, Perry Farrell (Jane's Addiction), and more.
All words and photographs by Lindsey Best.