Jukebox the Ghost at Bowery - just a few feet away from the stage (Taken with Instagram)
Saw Rufus Wainwright in concert at the Brooklyn Academy of Music earlier this month. I put Rufus in the same category as Ben Folds. Both are incredible singer-songwriters, pianists and stage performers. Rufus can go from a state of bouncing-off-the-walls energy, shimmying around in a pair of gold pants and all, to a deep, dark place of longing and vulnerability. You get it all from him onstage, and few people sound as good as he does live.
Hall & Oates at GoogaMooga (Sunday 5/20) (Taken with instagram)
Irene and Francis Jacob
Saw this brother-sister duo perform at the Alliance Francaise on 4/23 to an intimate francophone crowd. She’s a French actress with a pristine voice; he’s a soulful guitarist. They played songs from their upcoming album Je Sais Nager accompanied by a gifted group of musicians, including a seriously talented triangle player. It was a night in Paris on the Upper East Side, and a perfect birthday gift for yours truly.