DARK WAS THE NIGHT, a one-of-a-kind concert at Radio City Music Hall.
Before I post the outcome of last night's The National concert in Philadelphia (which by the way was magnificent), I thought we should take a moment to listen to the live performance early in the month of the "Dark Was The Night" compilation.
Back in January I talked about "Dark Was The Night", a compilation produced by twin brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National, including 31 exclusive tracks from various artists in benefit of the Red Hot Organization – an international charity dedicated to raising money and awareness for HIV and AIDS through popular culture.
Early in the month (May 3), the collection organized a unique concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Not everyone was present, but certainly it was a night to remember.
Fortunately folks at NPR (Live concerts from All Songs Considered) have just made the concert available in their website. You can listen to the entire concert and also download it as a podcast when you subscribe to the show podcast, something that I highly recommend. As said in their review (a much better written and professional one) "The lively dynamics of the night made for some wonderful pairings and odd duets: Feist and Bon Iver, David Byrne and The Dirty Projectors, David Byrne with Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, The National with My Brightest Diamond and Sharon Jones with everyone."
Worth listening to, without a doubt.
NPR-Dark Was The Night Concert