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Room 100 Review: St. Vincent & David Byrne @ Williamsburg Park, NYC

Music

What does one expect when attending a concert for St. Vincent (Annie Erin Clark) and David Byrne? Two tremendously talented musicians with distinct sounds on one stage may be overwhelming for some, but under a full moon and patchy sky at Williamsburg Park, the two could not have been a better pair.

A beautiful performance complete with synchronized dancing harmonious horns, David Byrne in an all white ensemble with black suspenders, while St. Vincent played a mean (not to mention, physically beautiful) guitar. The most memorable parts of the performance circulated around an adorable David Byrne, unafraid to shake and dance whenever the opportunity presented itself, and a bright and full moon which decided to unveil itself precisely after the last song, “Road To Nowhere.”

The audience, eclectic in age between young twenties to late 60s, melted when St. Vincent took a sentimental step back to explain her first David Byrne encounter at the age of three — unable to imagine that she herself would be sharing a stage with him someday in her future. The two also made a conscious effort to introduce every member of the massive eight piece horn section, noting that each player was a musician in a band of their own. It was endearing to see two major names in the music world support younger, up and coming music.

The chemistry between Byrne and Clark was lovely. It’s a magnificent thing to see two highly regarded musicians, treat each other with love and respect, as musical partners and obvious friends. The fear that perhaps one would overshadow the other was immediately forgotten, because a feeling of mutuality was created from the very beginning. Key word: collaboration. To collaborate, one’s own ideas and musical styles must be flexible to their counterpart. Future musical collaborations in the works, take note.

-Ashley Hefnawy

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