Does anything say America more than a good ol’ Tom Petty song? Of course, the trouble with being a great American troubadour is having to stop all the crazy Republicans from using your ballads at their rallies. In the past, Petty’s management team has had to put a stop to both Michele Bachmann for the using “American Girl” and George W. Bush for using “Won’t Back Down” without his permission (which, obviously, he wouldn’t have given). But at the two-night Petty Fest, he won’t likely have a problem with all those who’ll be paying tribute to him in song. Norah Jones, Will Forte, Justin Long, and Sammy James Jr. will be among the dozens of performers at this fundraiser for Doctors Without Borders.
Wed., Oct. 5, 8 p.m., 2011