Downtown Music Publishing celebrated the musical legacy of John Prine with a showcase at PUBLIC Arts benefiting 826NYC, the New York chapter of the largest non-profit youth writing network in the country. Held on the eve of Prine’s induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the night featured an all-star lineup, each doing a special acoustic interpretation of their favorite John Prine song. Performers included Antibalas (who performed "In Spite of Ourselves"), Sara Bareilles (who opened the show with "Angel From Montgomery"), Stephen Colbert (with CBS News' John Dickerson on guitar performed "How Lucky"), Norah Jones & Richard Julian ("That's the Way the World Goes 'Round"), Natalie Merchant ("Hello in There"), Nathaniel Rateliff ("Sam Stone") and The War and Treaty. Sturgill Simpson was scheduled to appear, but did not.
The man of the hour capped off the night with a performance of his classic song "Paradise", with longtime friends and collaborators Bonnie Raitt and Keith Sykes joining him on stage.