Last night, The Bowery Ballroom hosted a Salvation Army benefit concert to help hurricane victims in LA and TX. There were 6 bands/artists on the bill, and they managed to all fit in 4 hours. Other Passengers opened, and apparently their singer was instrumental in bringing the whole show together. Which is really great, but his faux-Jarvis Cocker routine wore thin, and his irritating antics overshadowed some of the potentially interesting instrumentation.
Grizzly Bear followed with a powerful set that undoubtedly won them some new fans.
Akron/Family followed with a raucous and eclectic performance. Definitely not a band to be missed live.
The less said about Wooden Wand and Adam Green’s performances, the better, I’m afraid.
Sufjan Stevens closed out the night with a solo acoustic set, and he really delivered the goods. He opened with REM’s “The One I Love” and played “Romulus” for his encore. Basically, any song from Michigan up through Illinois with a guitar or banjo-heavy arrangement got played.
MP3s from the bands (where available):