EW.com: David Bowie tribute concert at Carnegie Hall to go on as planned

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Cyndi Lauper, The Roots, Mountain Goats still expected to perform at New York's Carnegie Hall this month, producer tells EW.

by Jessica Goodman

Before David Bowie’s family revealed that the iconic artist died Sunday, City Winery director and CEO Michael Dorf had planned a tribute concert at Carnegie Hall, honoring Bowie’s decades of music. The Roots, Cyndi Lauper, the Mountain Goats, and a band led by Bowie’s longtime producer Tony Visconti would perform Bowie’s music at the New York City venue on March 31.

“The show will go on,” Dorf tells EW. He and his team, who have produced other tribute concerts at Carnegie Hall for artists like David Byrne, Prince, and Bruce Springsteen, have been planning the show for six or seven months.

“Obviously we thought we were going to be paying tribute to a living legend, and now we’ll be paying tribute to a legend who passed,” he says. The show’s proceeds will benefit charitable organizations like Young Audiences New York, Little Kids Rock, Church Street School of Music, the Center for Arts Education, the American Symphony Orchestra and Grammy in the Schools. “We know that music education was near and dear to David’s heart, so in that sense there’s a nice tie-in there.”

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