Friday, June 17, 2011

Friday Night in WIlliamsburg: Northside Festival presents Beirut at McCarren Park

We've just walked back from McCarren Park, where we caught one of the best shows we've seen (okay, mostly heard) in years: the Northside Festival show of Beirut, which was truly spectacular. Zach Condon's brassy, captivating sounds are still playing themselves in the pleasure centers of our brain.

Although we saw the concert from the place for the over-60 senior discounts folks -- the tennis courts just east of the ballfields where the stage was set up and the paying guests got in, and later just outside on Bedford Avenue, where through we actually could see the facial expressions and instruments of Zach Condon and his band -- we heard the awesome music just fine.

He said soon after the start of the show -- around 8:30 p.m.; we arrived at Sharon Van Etten's last song -- with that it was good to be back home, to be playing for the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building. From the beginning to all the stuff from the earlier albums to a new incredible song like "East Harlem"
Beirut - East Harlem by Revolver USA
to the encore of "The Penalty," it was pretty spectacular.

Here is what the band looked like close up (we could hear loud and clear and trumpety):

We are grateful we got to enjoy Beirut's show tonight, even if some of us are really poor.

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