Saturday, February 03, 2007

Welcome to Dreamland @ Carnegie Hall

Last night I went to the David Byrne curate freak folk extravaganza entitled "Welcome to Dreamland" at Carnegie Hall. I remember being a little hesitant about buying the ticket sometime last fall because at that point was little worried about the direction "freak folk" was going. But last night's performance by the extended "Family" restored some of my faith in "freak folk". The show began with CocoRosie whom I have never really enjoyed very much but their brief portion of the show was nice. Adem was up after them at it then that the show really began to take form. Adem was joined on stage by Andy Cabic of Vetiver and Vashti Bunyan. From then until the end of the show the band transition amazingly from one artist to the next each performance sharing musicians from the previous performance. The highlight of the night for me was the Vetiver part of the evening. Andy Cabic is an amazing musician and brilliant songwriter. He sounded amazing last night and he will be performing next Saturday at Southpaw. The evening closed with 4 songs from Devendra Banhart and was followed by a beautiful encore that saw everyone including David Byrne take the stage for a joyous sing along.

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See a few more photos here and below is a short clip of a new song Devendra performed.

11 Comments:

At 4:43 PM, Blogger musicmatters said...

Great pics,I was there too and loved every minute of it!

 
At 9:38 PM, Anonymous drewo said...

Thanks for the pics. It was a fascinating evening.

I think the encore song was Moondog's "Be A Hobo"

 
At 2:06 PM, Blogger rg said...

Hey thanks for the review and photos - I was so close to flying over from London for the gig, although I would admit to my heart lying more at the CocoRosie / Cibelle end of things.

There seems to be a big Moondog revival thing going on!

 
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