Time For ‘The Speaking Clock Revue’

Wouldn’t it be cool if a bunch of artists who have worked with T Bone Burnett gathered for a concert? Heck, why stop at just one?

That’s the premise of “The Speaking Clock Revue,” which headlines its own shows Oct. 16 at Boston’s Wang Center and Oct. 20 at NYC’s Beacon Theatre and makes an appearance at Neil and Pegi Young’s annual at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Calif., Oct. 24.

The lineup for Boston and New York is almost identical with concerts in both cities featuring performances by Elton John and Leon Russell plus John Mellencamp, Elvis Costello, Gregg Allman, Ralph Stanley, Jeff Bridges, Punch Brothers, Karen Elson and The Secret Sisters. Neko Case also appears on the Boston date while My Morning Jacket’s appears at the New York show.

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Independent Spirit Awards, Los Angeles, Calif.

The East Coast shows are being presented with Participant Media in conjunction with the release of the documentary film “Waiting For ‘Superman,’” from Academy Award-winning filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (“An Inconvenient Truth,” “It Might Get Loud”). By following students through the U.S. public school system, the film depicts education reformers and their innovative approaches to teaching.

“The Speaking Clock Revue” shows were conceived as a vehicle for Burnett to bring to the concert stage the excitement he and other artists experienced while working together to create and record music in the studio.

“The privacy and the intimacy of the studio afford artists the freedom to create, but something thrilling happens in getting away from the machines and the life communications of real time storytelling in the larger community,” Burnett said. “The first tour I went on, my first job in show business, was on ‘The Rolling Thunder Revue,’ and I’ve come back to that type of collaborative and extraordinarily rewarding experience from time to time.”

Burnett also said “The Speaking Clock Revue” will continue in the years to come.

Tickets for the Boston and New York shows on sale Sept. 27 at noon local time. For more information, click here for T Bone Burnett’s website.