Last night, the New Orleans institution Preservation Hall held a livestream benefit show for the the Preservation Hall Foundation and the musicians of Preservation Hall. It was a mix of pre-recorded performances and new material. The big finale was a performance by Paul McCartney and Irma Thomas doing “When The Saints Go Marching In.” They were joined by a number of musician friends, including Dave Grohl, Elvis Costello, and many more.
Both Grohl and Costello had their own performances throughout the three-and-half hour event. They popped up a few different times to talk with Ben Jaffe, the creative director of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Grohl performed a socially-distanced rendition of “Come With Me” with Charlie Gabriel — the two of them previously performed it together in 2018 — and he also did a solo acoustic version of Foo Fighters’ “Best Of You.” Those happen at the 1hr24m and 3hr42m mark respectively in the livestream video.
Costello did the title track from his 2006 album “The River In Reverse,” his Grammy-nominated collaboration with Allen Toussaint. Costello also introduced My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, who performed his Circuital track “Wonderful (The Way I Feel).” Those happen around the 2hr25m mark and the 2hr58m mark.
Arcade Fire also shared a new video of them doing “Wake Up” with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band that was recorded at Karnaval 2020, which was partially shot by Spike Jonze. That’s at the 3hr33m mark.
The livestream also had appearances from Amy Schumer, Jude Law, Dave Matthews, Nathaniel Rateliff, Jon Batiste, and quite a few more.
You have to click through to Facebook to watch the entire livestream, but you can watch the McCartney and Thomas performance on its own below.