|With NYC's biggest music fan David Byrne
|Paul Seymour -- Ready to Rock
Another Brooklyn band, Parquet Courts, got some of the audience into the orchestra pit in the Opera House for a closer look at their youthful take on punk rock. A wail of guitar distortion began the set, turning into a slow jam before the power chords began. With strobe lights flashing, fast songs kept speeding up until a frenzy ensued and ballads could hardly called that. The group presented a mix of old and new tunes, as "Stoned and Starving" provided an early highlight. There was little banter beyond the announcement of the band's name and a request for "swirly lights." In a particularly ironic moment, the band's slot was over before they could play another hit, "Borrowed Time."
|With Mauro Remiddi
As shining examples of the Tom Jackson's "On Stage Success" principles of performing in a band, members communicated non-stop with each other and the audience, trading places at the edge of the stage and even dancing together in a grapevine. Fans were constantly asked how they were doing, as if every ecstatic response was simply not enough. Questlove held court at the drum kit in back, a celebrity in his own right at BAM. Virtuosity doesn't even begin to describe these musicians, and it's going to be great when they become a staple on the big stage of late night television as Jimmy Fallon takes over "The Tonight Show." Photos and highlights video below.
|Sean Yeaton of Parquet Courts
|BAM lobby -- MERCH!
|Brooklyn Brewery Tastings -- Did someone say FREE BEER??