Fountains of Wayne are teaming up with Sharon Van Etten for Adam Schlesinger tribute and benefit show

The event will raise money to combat the effects of COVID-19

On Wednesday, the living members of Fountains of Wayne are coming together for their first live performance in seven years with Sharon Van Etten.

The performance, which comes after the band’s songwriter, bassist, and backing vocalist Adam Schlesinger passed away from COVID-19, is part of a benefit to raise money to combat the effects of the disease. Van Etten and Fountains of Wayne’s Chris Collingwood, Brian Young, and Jody Porter will perform at The New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund’s (NJPRF) JERSEY 4 JERSEY benefit.

The event will be “a one-night broadcast fundraiser to fight the medical, social, and economic impact of COVID-19 on New Jersey’s most vulnerable communities.” Other celebrities will be participating from their homes including Tony Bennett, Danny DeVito, Jon Bon Jovi, Whoopi Goldberg, Halsey, SZA, and more.

“As a New Jersey native, it means so much to me to participate in the NJPRF charitable event that gives back to this community,” Van Etten explains. “Adam was an incredible songwriter and I am truly humbled to join Fountains of Wayne in his honor.”