Times Square’s Town Hall hosted Michael Dorf‘s celebratory concert, with proceeds going to benefit John Zorn’s The Stone. The Knit founder offered us a slew of performances from incredible artists like Marc Ribot, Zorn, Medeski Martin & Wood (although Chris Wood didn’t make it and was replaced by Oren Bloedow), Laurie Anderson, Mike Doughty, Steven Bernstein, Joe Lovano, Lee Ranaldo, Don Byron, Roy Nathanson, Ben Perowsky, DJ Spooky, Lou Reed and many others.
The show itself was, well, not awesome. Some pairings were rough, some acts off-putting. The best ones had less time to play and the weird ones took way too long. I’ll forgo a longer, more in-depth review in favor of Neddy’s upcoming thoughts (check back soon), but I wanted to at least post this short clip I took of Lou Reed, my first time seeing him perform. And despite his choice of a leather shirt and pants combo — or was that pleather? — he’s pretty fucking cool: