Photos: Linda Ronstadt Tribute at the Ace Hotel Brings Out the Stars for Parkinson’s Research

Photos: Linda Ronstadt Tribute at the Ace Hotel Brings Out the Stars for Parkinson’s Research

Photo: Jill Jarrett
Photo: Jill Jarrett

The Theatre the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles was the place to be on Sunday, December 11, as it hosted a wonderful benefit gig honoring the career and music of Linda Ronstadt.

With proceeds from ticket sales going directly to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, the night was a warm celebration of Ronstadt’s music featuring several can’t-miss performances from some of her contemporaries, colleagues, friends and even younger acts no doubt inspired by her influence.

After a video presentation of numerous photos by rock photographer Henry Diltz and a recorded greeting from Dolly Parton and other clips of Linda Ronstadt’s illustrious career, the concert officially kicked off with a heartwarming introduction by Freeform rock DJ/Los Angeles icon Jim Ladd.

I'm With Her -- Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O'Donovan (Photo: Jill Jarrett)
I’m With Her (Sara Watkins, Aoife O’Donovan and Sarah Jarosz) performing “Adieu False Heart” (Photo: Jill Jarrett)

Serving as the night’s house band, the Watkins Family Hour opened the musical portion of the show with “Different Drum,” a song Linda sang with the the Stone Poneys in 1967.

WFH features Don Heffington (Sheryl Crow, Bob Dylan) on drums, Sebastian Steinberg (Eddie Vedder, Dixie Chicks, KD Lang) on bass, Benmont Tench (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) on keys, Greg Leisz (Eric Clapton, Jackson Browne) on pedal steel, and Sara Watkins on vocals and violin, brother Sean on vocals and guitar. They also backed many of the artists throughout the evening.

Benmont Tench, Sara Watkins, Sebastian Steinberg, Grace Potter, Don Heffington and Sean Watkins (Photo: Jill Jarrett)
Benmont Tench, Sebastian Steinberg, Sara Watkins, Don Heffington, Grace Potter and Sean Watkins (Photo: Jill Jarrett)

Grace Potter, backed by the Watkins Family Hour did a very cool version of “You’re No Good.”

Los Angeles indie/folk-rock band Dawes fit into the show well with their sound reminiscent of Laurel Canyon and Crosby, Stills & Nash. They performed the title track to Linda’s platinum-certified, Grammy-nominated 1980 rock album Mad Love.

Dawes (Photo: Jill Jarrett)
Dawes (Photo: Jill Jarrett)

Guatemalan-born Gaby Moreno is ultra-talented. So happy to see her on this show. Her singing is only surpassed by her proficient guitar skills, Latin rhythms included. Her bluesy, soulful, Jazzy style with Latin flavor is truly unique.

I used to see her play shows at Room 5, then she blew up with a bilingual album that gained her a lot of attention and the kind of buzz that earned her a Best New Artist of 2014 award at the Latin Grammy Awards. She toured as a back-up singer for Tracy Chapman as well as Hugh Laurie then went out on her own.

It’s no wonder why — once you see and hear her you’ll get it.

Gaby Moreno, center. (Photo: Jill Jarrett)
Gaby Moreno, center. (Photo: Jill Jarrett)

Gaby Moreno’s strong vocals are so reminiscent of Linda Ronstadt’s powerful voice, and she used them to perfection on a rendition of “Rogaciano el Hupanguero,” a song off Linda’s 1987 album Canciones de mi Padre.

Enjoy more photos from the night below:

JD Souther (Photo: Jill Jarrett)
The great JD Souther performed the song “Faithless Love” with Brandy Clark. (Photo: Jill Jarrett)

The legendary David Lindley (the focus of a new Behind the Curtain feature) did his version of “Poor Poor Pitiful Me”:

Photo: Jill Jarrett
Photo: Jill Jarrett

Jackson Browne performed Lowell George’s “Willin” with female duo Lucius, who also sang “When Will I Be Loved” on their own:

Photo: Jill Jarrett
Photo: Jill Jarrett
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Photo: Jill Jarrett

Maria Muldaur graced the stage and sang “Heart Like A Wheel,” the title track from Ronstadt’s breakthrough 1974 album.

Maria Muldaur. Photo: Jill Jarrett
Maria Muldaur. Photo: Jill Jarrett
Legendary Neville Brothers member Aaron Neville crooning the mega hit, "Don't Know Much" which he recorded with Linda Ronstadt in 1989. (Photo: Jill Jarrett)
Legendary Neville Brothers member Aaron Neville crooning the mega hit, “Don’t Know Much” which he recorded with Linda Ronstadt in 1989. (Photo: Jill Jarrett)
Surprise appearance by Don Henley singing Eagles hit, "Desperado" that Linda Ronstadt took off the charts on her 1973 album "Don't Cry Now." (Photo: Jill Jarrett)
Surprise appearance by Don Henley singing Eagles hit, “Desperado” that Linda Ronstadt took off the charts on her 1973 album “Don’t Cry Now.” (Photo: Jill Jarrett)

There was a silent auction for concert tickets and many of Henry Diltz’s photography pieces.

Winners were announced on a big screen before the cast did 2 encore songs, “Blue Bayou” & “Heatwave,” which was a great way to cap off an unforgettable evening:

Photo: Jill Jarrett
Photo: Jill Jarrett

For more information on The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, visit the foundation’s official site.

3 Responses to "Photos: Linda Ronstadt Tribute at the Ace Hotel Brings Out the Stars for Parkinson’s Research"

  1. Tino Juarez   December 14, 2016 at 7:03 am

    will there be a video?

    Reply
  2. derek   December 14, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    looks like a great night for a great lady who has given me so much pleasure over many years

    Reply
  3. Stacy Colton   December 18, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    Can I buy a t- shirt from this event?

    Reply

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