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New York’s annual Tibet House Benefit has added a slew of new performers to its 2019 lineup including Stephen Colbert, Sturgill Simpson,
Nathaniel Rateliff, Laurie Anderson and Jason Isbell.
As he wrote on Twitter, Isbell is particularly excited about the Feb. 7 event, which coincidentally falls on his “7-year sober date.” The country-rocker added that he will celebrate the occasion with an unprecedented performance. “In order to continue to challenge myself, I’ll be performing an experimental guitar set, not my usual songs,” he said.
Isbell and the rest of the newly added performers will join artistic director Philip Glass, Margo Price, Jon Batiste, New Order’s Bernard Sumner, Chris Robinson Brotherhood and Tenzin Choegyal at the Carnegie Hall event, which is celebrating its 32nd year.
According to its website, the Tibet House was “founded at the request of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who at the inauguration in 1987 stated his wish for a long-term cultural institution to ensure the survival of Tibetan civilization and culture, whatever the political destiny of the six million people of Tibet itself.”