Seaside Park show in Brooklyn
Review by Noah Osnos (Switch to
I won't reiterate the general reviews that have so far accompanied the tour.
I saw the Westbury Show, which I loved, but would agree that the theatre in
the round aspect can be both good & frustrating (when you see the backs of
the bands when your favorite song is playing). But you do get close to the
band. At any rate, the day before this show had been sweltering hot (95
degrees and 95 % humidity), and then it rained almost all day. Needless to
say, there was great worry that it would be pouring during the show.
Instead, it was just about the most perfect summer evening to hear an
outdoor concert. What really made the whole thing surreal was Marty
Markowitz (Brooklyn borough president, I think); this man blathered in his
heavy accent for 30 minutes before the show started, repeating himself like
a broken record (mispronouncing names, pointless reminiscences, and
shout-outs to Coney Island in the house..oi vey). The crowd was fairly
thin, with a total of about 2,000 people...could have easily had twice the
number. Ann sounded even better than at Westbury (a week ago) and it felt
like the band was beginning to hit their stride even more. In other words,
they were feeling each others spaces & rhythms and allowed themselves to
really get into the material. I really like Todd's reworking of Hello, It's
Me with soul swoops and falsetto. During the intermission Marty continued
to bore people to death, and we just watched the general freak show that
paraded around (it was a FREE concert!). Everyone tried to remember who was
the actual drummer on the End medley on Abbey Road. Was it actually Ringo?
What's really exciting is how this could come around next year with all new
material and still be so fantastic.
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