words & photos by Faith-Ann Young
This Sunday (11/2) was the last frigid night of Speigelworld. The wind picked up off the water and sent a chill to all the unfortunate ones who read the times listed on Deer Tick and The Felice Brothers' Myspace pages and came at 8pm. A cold, whiskey-filled two and a half hours later, the heavily lumberjack-plaid crowd packed into the circular tent (no joke, never seen more plaid in lower Manhattan in my 8 years here).
Deer Tick played first and you can read about that HERE.
Then The Felice Brothers came on late for a Sunday, demanding energy from the visibly sleepy crowd. They did so combining accordian, guitar, violins, ducktaped washboard, drums, jumps, jives, yelps, and brotherly joshing. Their bluesy tunes, sing-along screaming, dime-sack, type-writer and Gin references, and the Speigeltent's physical distance from all other things New York - all combined to serve as a good, cathartic escape from winter, recession, and reality. Showing the crowd how they "do it in the Catskills" (lots of jumping, foot stomping, and guitar improv), they had the crowd pawing at their feet, reliving "I put some whiskey into my whiskey," and singing along way past their bed time.
Dar Williams, Bruce Hornsby, and The Felice Brothers are playing the WFUV holiday show at The Concert Hall in NYC on December 2nd. Tickets are on sale. More Spiegeltent pictures (AA Bondy on guitar included) below...