Posted in music on January 16, 2006

THE BOSS MAKES THE WINTER GARDEN ROAR (heartonastick's pic)
The Nebraska Project

Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska album runs a little longer than 40 minutes. I thought maybe it would take 90 minutes for a bunch of musicians to cover each song (with filler and delays). The free show at the Winter Garden started at 8:00. At 9:00 I changed my estimate to 2 hours. At 10:00 I gave up and left because I wanted to catch Mi & L'au's opening set at the Knitting Factory. oops....

Luckily heartonastick stuck it out for the full 3 hours. Otherwise we wouldn't have so many good pictures of Bruce's surprise appearance during the finale.

JEN CHAPIN DOES 'BORN IN THE USA'
The Nebraska Project

It ends up the show was much more than just "Nebraska". We learned that "Born in the USA" and "I'm on Fire" were written in the Nebraska period. They were performed at this show too. We heard short interviews with each artist. Since it was the opening event for the 2006 New York Guitar Festival, there were "guitar interludes" in between every few songs. And there was a short intermission. Keep reading for more photo highlights....

MARTHA WAINWRIGHT & MARC RIBOT
The Nebraska Project

VERNON REID & DAN ZANES'
The Nebraska Project

LAURA CANTRELL
The Nebraska Project

CHOCOLATE GENIUS (w/ Thomas Bartlett)
The Nebraska Project

And previously I posted the pics of the National.

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Comments (15)

I had a strong feeling that Bruce was going to show up. The music karma gods were definitely in full swing Sat nite...

I had bought table seats to the 8:30 Sufjan show at Allen Room back in October and thought my evening was all set. Then I read about this Nebraska tribute, featuring so many musicians I wanted to see, and seriously considered going instead to the Winter garden (I said to my wife, "You know who could easily show up unannounced to a Springsteen tribute...")

Then Wednesday night we found out that we were invited to the SNL dress rehearsal, so I wound up trading my early show Sufjan tickets for the 10:30 show. People were offering me up to $400 for my tickets, but it is really bad karma to profit off BrooklynVegan as we all know.

So, since I got to see SNL fulfilling a life-long dream, and got to see Death Cab and Sufjan in the same night, I can only say I am very happy for those of you who got to see Bruce and all those other great artists at the Guitar Fest event.

Was it very crowded?

Posted by birdboy | January 16, 2006 9:23 AM

You should have gone tried to make it down to see Mi and L'au. it was great I have a few pcik over at my site. Also Kron/Family again proved that they were best band playing in NYC on Saturday night. They just destroyed the Knitting factory. They played for three hours and never once let up.

Posted by danfun | January 16, 2006 10:32 AM

I did make it to Mi and L'au! (That's why the above pic of Bruce was not taken by me.)

Posted by brooklynvegan | January 16, 2006 11:54 AM

I am seeing Mi and L'au in Philadelphia tomorrow, should be fun.

Posted by uwmryan | January 16, 2006 12:20 PM

BV did you stick around for Akron/Family? Did you like Mi and L'au?

Posted by danfun | January 16, 2006 1:05 PM

So I could have seen Bruce after the early Sufjan show concluded uptown?... doh! Oh well.

btw- Sufjan was fabulous in the incredible Allen Room at Lincoln Center/Time Warner. Beautiful setting, perfect sound, exemplary performance. Village Indian has a nice review and pictures of the Sufjan show at: www.villageindian.com

There's also a nice piece on the WFMU blog (http://blog.wfmu.org) about Bruce's surprise appearance at the Winter Garden.

Posted by drewo | January 16, 2006 2:04 PM

Akron/Family killed on Sat. night.
I thought Mi and La'u and Wooden Wand were both kinda boring, though.

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2006 6:08 PM

Akron/Family killed on Sat. night.
I thought Mi and L'au and Wooden Wand were both kinda boring, though.

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2006 6:09 PM

who does that random baby belong to?

Posted by nora | January 17, 2006 1:51 PM

"random baby" is jen chapin's little one, if i'm not mistaken.

anyone else think the sound in that place was horrendous?

Posted by the amphibologist | January 17, 2006 6:27 PM

More and more bands, looking to expand their instrumentation, are employing the "Random Baby." Able to coo, squeal and wail in three keys, it also lends a massive "Awwwww" factor to band photos...

(Baby is indeed Jen Chapin's; so that's Harry Chapin's grandson. His name is (brace yourself) Maceo.)

Posted by J | January 17, 2006 7:32 PM

i was there for the entire Nebraska show. Though most of the crowd left before Bruce came on stage, it was an incredible encore of "Oklahoma Hills" featuring Bruce. Just awesome.

Posted by joel | January 18, 2006 6:55 PM

i was there for the entire Nebraska show. Though most of the crowd left before Bruce came on stage, it was an incredible encore of "Oklahoma Hills" featuring Bruce. Just awesome.

Posted by joel | January 18, 2006 6:56 PM

Nice pictures, with that baby on stage, they're so funny!

Posted by Christy | January 20, 2006 4:11 PM

not too bad

Posted by WOW GOLD | December 2, 2008 10:05 PM

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