tUnE-yArDs and Austra Open the RiverRocks Concert Series at Pier 54, NYC, 14 July 2011
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Today’s Hudson River Park’s RiverRocks free concert started a bit late. The reason being was they needed to accommodate the unexpected long queue that lined the street. Not everybody made it onto the pier, but for those lucky ones that did make it in they were treated to some great music and performances by tUnE-yArDs and Austra. By the way, it really is a pain spelling tUnE-yArDs, but I’ve learned to type it once, then paste it every time I need to type it in. tUnE-yArDs.
Anyways, opening up was Toronto’s Austra. With strong vocals/sounds similar to Florence Welch, Bjork, and Bat for Lashes, vocalist Katie Stelmanis put on a camera friendly show abundant with sweeping hand gestures and flowing blouse movements via constant undulations. Accompanying Stelmanis on stage were Maya Postepski on drums, Dorian Wolf on bass, and Sari and Romy Lightman, of Tasseomancy, performing backing vocals.
tUnE-yArDs took the stage as the full moon rose above the Jersey skyline. Multi-instrumentalist Merrill Garbus created drum loops and played a mean ukelele while being assisted by electric bassist Nate Brenner and two saxophonists. With a mixture of numerous genre influences this experimentalist’s eclectic sound made for a performance worthy of fireworks.
The night ended serendipitously with a fireworks show over the Hudson from an unrelated Bastille Day event. Talk about perfect timing.
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