Quickly, the charity performance of artists who have appeared on Dark Was the Night compilation was at Radio City Music Hall last night. Amidst rumors of Blonde Redhead and Sufjan Stevens playing, neither group/performer got onstage at the event.
The bands who actually did perform were:
My Brightest Diamond
Dave Sitek (from TV on the Radio)
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
[Encore] Tribute to Pete Seeger with all bands (and a random appearance by St. Vincent – aka Annie Clark) singing altogether a song Seeger made famous “This Land Is Your Land,” with Sharon Jones busting out solo into a sassy rendition of the song a quarter of the way through (below).
For me the most impressive performances were mainly from the ladies: My Brightest Diamond blew the crowd away with her rendition of “Feeling Good,” and the performances of the Dirty Projectors and Feist were both incredibly beautiful. However if you asked any of the men in the crowd, it seems as the Boy Boner award went to Bon Iver. David Byrne was also stellar, with a wonderful set in which he performed three songs off of previous Red Hot albums to which he’s contributed.
And even though an alarming number of people left as soon as Feist finished up her set (tsk tsk, how rude!) Sharon Jones definitely brought the house down (and the crowd to its feet) with her spirited performance and dance tribute to Mr. James Brown.
Also spotted in the crowd last night were Chris Tomson, drummer of Vampire Weekend, and artist Cindy Sherman (surely there to support her beau Mr. Byrne).