KENSINGTON -- Singer/songwriter Jackson Browne will perform at the Coventry Grove amphitheater in Kensington at 3 p.m. May 12 to benefit Wavy Gravy's Camp Winnarainbow.
The outdoor venue at a private amphitheater in a residential neighborhood in the West Contra Costa town will be a chance to see the top-selling performer with his full band and backup singers in an intimate setting.
Gravy, who will be the master of ceremonies, acknowledges that the up-close-and-personal aspect is reflected in the ticket price of $200 general admission. A $500 VIP ticket includes "priority seating, a limited edition event poster and access to the intimate post-concert reception with the artists."
Proceeds help underprivileged children leave the city and attend the summer performing arts camp that has been run for 35 years by Gravy and friends on his property in Laytonville in Mendocino County.
"It's a pricey ticket, but heck, I don't want the camp to end up being for rich and middle-class kids only," Gravy said from his Berkeley home.
In recent years Coventry Grove has also hosted benefit shows by well-known recording artists such as Bonnie Raitt and Dr. John.
The show, the second benefit Browne has performed for the camp, will also mark Gravy's 77th birthday, which falls three days later. Gravy was 33 when he served as master of ceremonies of the legendary Woodstock festival in upstate New York in 1969.
"I have every intention of making it to when Woodstock is 50, because they are going to go nuts," he said.
More information about Jackson Browne's benefit concert, including ticket purchases, can be found at http://campwinnarainbow-efbevent.eventbrite.com.