Backstage at Bethel Woods

Our signature fundraising event featuring cocktails behind-the-scenes, a dinner on the Pavilion stage, and live music.
pavilion stage at bethel woods
pavilion stage at bethel woods
  • June 11th 2022 5:30 - 10:00 PM
  • Pavilion
  • $500 Per Person.

You’ve sat in the audience enjoying the best names in music and now we’re giving you the spotlight.

During Backstage at Bethel Woods, experience the site from a different perspective and get a rarely-shown look at what it takes to bring concert magic to life.

Enjoy a behind-the-scenes cocktail reception in the artist wing, dinner on the Pavilion stage, a lively auction, and musical performance by Bruce Hornsby, all while benefitting our nonprofit organization.

Your support will help sustain arts education programs, expand our historic preservation efforts, and further build capacity for new initiatives to light the way for our next generation of emerging artists.



+ 5:30 PM: Backstage Cocktail Hour

+ 7:00 PM: Seated Dinner on the Pavilion Stage

+ 8:30 PM: Live Auction

+ 9:00 PM: Live Musical Performance by Bruce Hornsby

+ 10:00 PM: Auction Check Out & Event End


+ Tickets are $500, which includes dinner, drinks, entertainment, and access to the live auction.  

+ Tables of 8 or 10 can be reserved.  

+ Upon check in you will receive a backstage pass which will grant you full access to dinner, drinks, entertainment, and live auction.  All tickets must be paid in advance of the event. Please reach out to with any questions.


RSVP by May 11. We look forward to seeing you there!



Bruce Hornsby is on a roll. After taking the music world by surprise with his wide-ranging, critically acclaimed 2019 album Absolute Zero, the singer, songwriter, composer and bandleader returns with a follow-up that picks up where its predecessor left off. Non-Secure Connection features 10 new songs exploring a broad range of themes, from civil rights to computer hackers, mall salesmen to the Darwinian aspects of AAU basketball.

Hornsby plays piano, of course, but the songs on Non-Secure Connection also feature Hornsby's electric sitar and Chamberlin, along with guitars, horns, strings and subtle samples from sources as varied as minimalist composer John Cage and Scottish rockers Franz Ferdinand. Like Absolute Zero, Non-Secure Connection also features a wealth of collaborators: singer James Mercer of The Shins and Broken Bells, singer and poet Jamila Woods, Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid, Bon Iver leader Justin Vernon and the late Leon Russell, who appears thanks to a demo that he and Hornsby recorded together more than 25 years ago.

"I must be the only person around that has a record with James Mercer, Jamila Woods, Leon Russell and Vernon Reid," Hornsby says with a laugh. "It's a great, disparate crowd."

It's the kind of unexpected roster that listeners have come to expect from Hornsby, who has built a distinctly unique career since his debut with The Range on their multi-platinum 1986 album The Way It Is. From there, Hornsby has steered his way through a stint on keyboards for the Grateful Dead, writing music for Spike Lee's films, and albums exploring jazz, bluegrass and contemporary classical music. "I'm often looking to make a sound that I haven't heard before, and find a place in what I guess is the context of popular song for some new information," he says.

Prepare For Your Visit:


    Please enter through Gate 5, located on Hurd Road south of the Museum circle and entrance. Once you have entered through the gate, drive down until you see a parking lot to your right. Upon entry to this lot, a vehicle will escort you to the backstage area. 


    Cocktail attire is suggested, but above all we want you to be comfortable.  The venue is both indoors and outdoors, so consider layers and dress according to the weather.  The event will be held rain or shine.


Other Backstage Questions

  • I want to support the event. How do I do that?

    Thank you!  We have a variety of underwriting opportunities and pre-event donation options.

    • Please click here for more information or contact Megan to discuss an underwriting opportunity for this event. 
    • If you would like to make a one-time donation (thank you!), please click here.
    • In addition, we will be hosting a live auction and there will be multiple giving opportunities at the event.

  • What if I can't make it to the event?

    We'll miss you! Be on the lookout for the launch of our virtual silent auction during the month of October.  One-of-a-kind collectibles, unique experiences and celebrity autographed items will be featured.