Steve Earle 9th Annual John Henry's Friends Benefit Concert Featuring John Mellencamp

November 10, 2023 - (Los Angeles, CA) – Today, Steve Earle and City Winery have announced the 9thAnnual John Henry’s Friends Benefit concert, which will take place on December 3rd at The Town Hall in New York City. Hosted by Steve Earle, the event will feature performances from Steve Earle, John Mellencamp and other special guests.

Limited VIP packages will be available at ($250-$8,500) and will include Town Hall’s orchestra seating, as well as admission to the After Party at The Loft immediately following the show and various experiences with Steve. 

“The John Henry’s Friends concerts are obviously a labor of love for myself as well as an expression of the generosity of all the performers who have suited up and showed up over the years,” said Steve Earle. “I’m especially grateful for this year’s new friend, John Mellencamp and our other guests which we will announce shortly.” 

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VIP Packages ($250-$8,500) 

General Admission ($75-$150)

All proceeds from this event, as has been the case with each of the previous John Henry’s Friends Benefit concerts, will be donated to The Keswell School, an educational program for children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  Founded on the belief that children diagnosed with ASD can live full and productive lives as integrated members of their communities, The Keswell School provides educational, therapeutic, and supportive services for children diagnosed with ASD and their families. 

Past performers include Bruce Springsteen, David Byrne, Rosanne Cash, Graham Nash, Shawn Colvin, Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris, Jason Isbell, Josh Ritter, Amanda Shires, Terry Allen and others.

About Steve Earle

Steve Earle is one of the most acclaimed singer-songwriters of his generation. A protege of legendary songwriters Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, he quickly became a master storyteller in his own right, with his songs being recorded by Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Joan Baez, Emmylou Harris, The Pretenders, and countless others. 1986 saw the release of his record, Guitar Town, which shot to number one on the country charts and is now regarded as a classic of the Americana genre. Earlier this year, Earle’s 1988 hit “Copperhead Road” was made an official state song of Tennessee.  Subsequent releases like The Revolution Starts...Now (2004), Washington Square Serenade (2007), and TOWNES (2009) received consecutive GRAMMY® Awards.  Earle has published two books and produced albums for other artists.  

As an actor, Earle has appeared in several films and had recurring roles in the HBO series The Wire and Tremé.  In 2017, Earle appeared in the off-Broadway play Samara, for which he also wrote a score that the New York Times described as “exquisitely subliminal.”  More recently, Earle wrote the music for and appeared in the off-Broadway play Coal Country, for which he was nominated for a Drama Desk Award. 

Earle is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. This year Steve was also honored by the Bruce Springsteen Archives & Center for American Music.

About John Mellencamp

Mellencamp is a member of the Rock and Roll and Songwriters Halls of Fame, a recipient of the John Steinbeck Award, ASCAP Foundation’s Champion Award, The Woody Guthrie Award, the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and most recently, the Founders Award, the top honor assigned by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

About City Winery
City Winery, founded in 2008 by Michael Dorf, strives to deliver the highest-end combined culinary and cultural experience to urban wine enthusiasts. City Winery w boasts 10 locations including Chicago, Nashville, Atlanta, Boston, Washington DC, Philadelphia and the new NYC location at Pier 57 on 15th street, launched in January of 2021. There are also four offsets run by the company: City Vineyard at Pier 26, City Winery Chicago at the Riverwalk, City Winery Greenway in Boston, and City Winery Hudson Valley. Michael Dorf explains his success and outlines his career in his recent first book, Indulge Your Senses: Scaling Intimacy in a Digital World.  See for details.