I was fortunate enough to go to last night's "Dark Was the Night" staging at Radio City Music Hall. It was an amazing night of live music, all to support a great cause. Led by the great David Byrne (who, I'll have you know, was sitting not 3 rows in front of me when taking a break from the stage), the two-act show featured many of the fantastic indie artists that make up this compilation. Openers The Dirty Projectors, along with Byrne, proved to be a great start to a stellar night, with their catchy collaboration "Knotty Pine." Critical darlings The National followed, yet seemed to subtract a substantial amount of energy from the environment. My personal highlight came with Bon Iver. Onstage for nearly every other artist's performance, Justin Vernon (and crew) really showcased their talent. Whether filling in for Ben Gibbard on Feist's "Train Song", or performing a particularly haunting rendition of "Flume" with My Brightest Diamond, Vernon proved that, even from within the depths of Radio City, his voice can shine.
Here's a clip of track by The National and Bon Iver. Amazing.