January 24, 2010

Haiti Benefit w/ Zach Galifianakis, Britt Daniel, St. Vincent, Justin Vernon @ Music Hall of Williamsburg [Brooklyn; 01/23/10]

BrooklynVegan and Bowery Presents sounded the horns for Haiti and an all-star cast responded. This thing sold out in hours, with 100% of the proceeds being split between an orphanage in Haiti and the Red Cross. Victoria was there, shooting away (and texting a very envious, me). Here's a recap, in her own stream of words:
"...ended up brushing shoulders with Janeane Garofalo who is the tiniest human being I have ever seen...she is like 4'11'. Wyatt Cenac was funny. Then came Britt Daniels (of Spoon) with White Rabbits frontman Stephen Patterson. They had such a good time on stage together, you can tell they were buds. Janeane Garofalo came next - she has the smartest humor and is a strong rooted New Yorker. Made a ton of jokes about the L train and hipsters which the crowd took very warmly to. Gosh she's tiny. St. Vincent went on and sounded like the lovely thing she is. Someone yelled while she was setting up 'show us your bush?', In which she replied, 'that is the strangest thing someone has ever said to me...on or off stage'. Adorable. Following was Zach Galifianakis who everyone was undeniably waiting for. It really looked like he just rolled out of bed, picked up some papers from a table and walked on stage totally winging his whole act...hilarious. Alas came Vernon (aka Bon Iver). His voice sounded just as amazing it does on record. The room was at its most quiet during "Flume" (video). Unreal. He was the last act but did say something about a special guest (My Brightest Diamond/Megafaun), I had to leave early, I imagine it rounded out the benefit nicely. Really awesome that these guys all came together.'
Watch Vincent and Vernon cover Neil Young's "Harvest Moon" here. UPDATE: BV has the full story up with some wonderful pics, here. Thanks for the plug!