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Light Up The Blues 2016 rocks for autism awareness

May 23, 2016

Neil Young, The Rides (featuring Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and Barry Goldberg), Jakob Dylan, The War On Drugs, Nikka Costa, Chris Stills and emcee Jack Black, plus many special guests, returned to Los Angeles on Saturday, May 21 at The Hollywood Pantages Theatre for the 4th Light Up The Blues Concert, a sold out evening of music to benefit Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization.

Hosted once again by Kristen and Stephen Stills, the event featured performances by three artists with autism: Nikki Nik, Soulshocka, and Kyle Cousins. The night also included special guests including Patricia Heaton, Judd Apatow, Andy Dick and Matt Walsh along with our sponsors for the evening in Toyota, Guess, Indianapolis Colts and Roland. 

The event in addition to raising funds and awareness for autism spotlighted Light It Up Blue, Autism Speaks’ annual global awareness and fundraising campaign, which is celebrated by the international autism community on April 2nd, World Autism Awareness Day, and throughout Autism Awareness Month in April. Light Up The Blues will celebrate the many gifts of individuals with autism, while supporting Autism Speaks in their mission to raise awareness and support their successful advocacy on behalf of all those who navigate through the journey of Autism. Proceeds from the Light Up The Blues Concert will help go towards Autism Speaks’ research and advocacy efforts for families and individuals impacted by the disorder.

“We are so thrilled to be doing this benefit for the fourth time and so pleased to be back at the iconic Pantages Theatre. The last three Light Up The Blues benefits have been incredible, life-changing events for all involved. We were so grateful to be able to bring such a special night of music to the entire community, and to continue to support Autism Speaks,” said Kristen & Stephen Stills.

Angela Geiger, president and CEO of Autism Speaks, added “We are very excited to partner with the Stills family on this amazing event that not only had great music, but has also set a tradition of highlighting the incredible talents of individuals on the spectrum, and lets them shine especially bright for a wonderful evening.”

Special thanks to in-kind sponsors, Coca-cola, Kendall Farms, Tito's Homemade Vodka, Cass Winery, Buzz Box Cocktails and Firestone Walker Brewery.