Tom Petty tribute series Petty Fest West rocks the El Rey Theatre this Wednesday and Thursday, with an exciting line-up of musicians including drummer Patrick Carney of the Black Keys; Harper Simon (son of Paul); Nick Valensi and Fabrizio Moretti of the Strokes; Sarah Silverman; Bijou Phillips; members of Eagles of Death Metal, Cory Chisel, Ryan Miller, Nicole Atkins and more surprise guests. Time Out snuck into rehearsals Tuesday night to snap the musicians runnin' down a dream playlist (the performers sing their fave Petty tunes). The Petty Fest series—sponsored, naturally, by Jameson Irish Whiskey—was conceived by the guys who brought Dylan Fest and Stones Fest to New York. When the makers of their favorite drink came onboard recently as a sponsor, the series got serious and expanded, allowing the Petty Fest to cross coasts to do an LA show, with a concert in San Francisco scheduled for 2013. It’s also allowed them to make it an altruistic endeavor: 100 percent of ticket sales now go to charity. Normally that charity is the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, which offers assistance to professional musical artists in need, but given recent events, all of this Fest’s ticket sales will go toward Hurricane Sandy relief.
For more info, see Petty Fest West.