Saturday night at the Citi Wang Theatre, Burnett presents the first in what he hopes will be a series of live concerts to benefit arts education in public schools via the Participant Foundation, the charitable arm of the film company releasing the acclaimed new education documentary "Waiting for 'Superman.' ''
Backed by a crack house band of Burnett studio regulars, the show will feature performances by Mellencamp, John, Russell, Costello, "Crazy Heart'' star Jeff Bridges, Gregg Allman, Ralph Stanley, the Punch Brothers, Karen Elson, Neko Case, and newcomers the Secret Sisters. The format will be akin to Burnett's "Down From the Mountain'' trek which followed the success of the "O Brother'' soundtrack, with each artist performing solo and in combination with other acts on the bill. "Everybody's being incredibly generous to do it,'' says Burnett.