Elisa is a huge fan of Inside Llewyn Davis and had the awesome pleasure of attending the Town Hall benefit concert in New York City.
She had an amazing time and even got to meet some of the cast. Nice!
Check out her full recap below!
For my birthday, my mum had bought me an amazing ticket for the Inside Llewyn Davis benefit concert at Town Hall. When that day finally came, I was ecstatic!
A week earlier it had been announced that Showtime would be taping the concert and airing it in December! I was so thrilled to have been able to grab a ticket, especially after hearing how difficult it was. And my seat location was fantastic. 7th row center. Couldn’t get any better.
I was seemingly surrounded by people involved with the film. The guy in front of me, had an awesome t-shirt on.
I had hung around during the sound check and was able to see a lot of the performers and some even stopped to chat or sign for us, including Jack White, Marcus Mumford, Patti Smith and more!
The list of performers was incredible; I doubt I’ll ever attend a show like it!
One of them, Willie Watson, chatted with us during one of his breaks about how amazing it was turning out to be and how the show would be three hours long with each act getting 2 or more songs! Incredible!
As they were letting people in, looking around, I realized how many cool people were in the audience; Glenn Close, Edgar Wright, Paul Rudd, Julianne Moore, to just name some! The energy was electric, everyone who’d manage to get a ticked seemed to immediately know what a special night this would be.
Willie Watson was right, the show ran for just about three hours (including an interval).
Rhiannon Giddens brought down the house when she sang! Patti Smith and Joan Baez sang together, which was truly brilliant! In between songs we heard snippets about the film, era and music from the stars of the show, John Goodman, Carey Mulligan, and Garrett Hedlund.
Standing in for Justin Timberlake was Elvis Costello! He and film stars, Oscar Isaac & Adam Driver sang the one song written for the film, Please Mr. Kennedy (which, just yesterday, received a Golden Globe nomination)!!! This song, out of context is pretty funny and in context even better!
He also sang Five Hundred Miles with Timberlake’s on screen wife played by Carrey Mulligan and co-star, Stark Sands!
Patti Smith brought everyone to the stage and even though she “[didn’t] know who the hell half these people were”, she took much pleasure in signing her classic, People Have the Power, with them! Joan Baez later sang an incredible rendition of “House of the Rising Sun”; the evening was unparalleled.
The main person I was excited to see was Oscar Isaac. He’s just a brilliant performer and I just love him. When he sang “Hang Me, Oh Hang Me” I melted. I was really hoping he’d sing his solo version of “Fare Thee Well (Dink’s Song)” but it was still pretty awesome to hear him perform the duet with Marcus Mumford!
Some other stand outs for me were Gillian Welch, Carey Mulligan and Rhiannon Giddens performing “Didn’t Leave Nobody But the Baby”, Jack White’s couple of songs, and the Avett Brothers performances! The whole night was unbelievable.
I REALLY hope you all watch Another Day/Another Time when it airs on Showtime! And go see Inside Llewyn Davis!
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