[Photos and words by Rez Avissar]
Big concert, and currently, every mag large and small in New York is raving about how amazing it was. I had to come out to check out what was in store, as the lineup read like a who's who of upper-echelon indie rock, crowned by Byrne, plus Sharon Jones!?!? Of course, when you pack this many acts into a night something has to give, and each artist performed four songs or less, sort of bite-sized micro-sets.
The highlights of the night were the David Byrne tunes from the Dark Was The Night comps over the years (including "Knotty Pine" w/ Dirty Projectors, ""Dreamworld: Marco de Canavezes" w/ Bon Iver, "Waters of March" w/ Feist and "Don't Fence Me In" w/ drummer crew) which sounded amazing, the latter three evoking his African-cribbing heyday, an alternate version of "Flume" featuring Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond), "Train Song," Feist's Vashti Bunyan cover from the compilation, and the finale where everyone came out at once to do "This Land Is Your Land" which got Sharon Jones REMIXED. I'm not usually one for venues this large, but the sound was incredibly crisp and clear. Lots of collabs, lots of memorable moments. I'll let the other reviewers recount them to you:
NPR is supposed to have video of the entire concert shortly.
We were only allowed to shoot for the first song of each act (ugh). Here's what I came up with.
[Dirty Projectors w/ David Byrne]
[John Carlin of Dark Was The Night and Red Hot]
[My Brightest Diamond]
Look who decides to make a cameo - Annie Clark (St. Vincent)!