Posted in music | pictures | tour dates on January 10, 2011

photos by Jessica Amaya

Sharon Van Etten

Though I only caught Sharon Van Etten due to dinner plans that went longer than expected (everyone was raving about opener The War on Drugs though), I can say that Saturday night's show at Bowery Ballroom was an amazing and extremely emotional one. I knew it would be a special show. Headlining, not to mention selling out, the approx-600-capacity Bowery Ballroom is a milestone in an artist's career. It means even more when it happens to a beloved, local and talented artist who has worked her way up and truly deserves it. I didn't want to miss it.

The moment was not lost on Sharon either. In the most sincerest of ways, Sharon fought back crying (the crowd didn't always have as much luck) and often addressed her family, who not only seemed to be taking up one side of the entire balcony (with her parents in front), but were also peppered throughout the front of the crowd (most notably her cousin who made her voice heard more than one). Sharon often spoke to and thanked the entire crowd, and she played songs - new songs, very old rare and solo songs, and the 'hits' off her 2010 Badabing release 'Epic.'

If you've seen her lately, you know about the full band she now plays with (she mentioned that it was the band's first time playing Bowery Ballroom) (she has opened for other people there). The band, complete with a new keyboard player and the similarly-hair-styled Cat Martino on backing vocals, really round out her sound in a grand way. Megafaun's Brad Cook also played on some songs, and the Antlers' Peter Silberman sang one with her as the rest of the Antlers watched from the audience (she sang with the Antlers when she opened for them on the same stage, and she mentioned that Megafaun was the first band to ever back her on her transition from solo artist to full band).

But don't take my word for it... listen to/relive the whold show courtesy of NYC Taper's recording that you can download now.

The show closed with the most perfect cover of R.E.M.'s "Strange Currencies". Video of that, with more pictures from the whole show, and her (and opener Sebastian Blank's) setlist, and an updated set of Sharon's tour dates, below...

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The War on Drugs

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Sharon Van Etten

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Sebastian Blanck at Bowery Ballroom 1/8/11 - Setlist
Thunder
At Arms Length
Nothing Left to Lose
Don't let the Darkness
Tumbling Skies
I Blame Baltimore
Black Sanded Beach
Empire of the Free
One Sided Town

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Sharon Van Etten at Bowery Ballroom 1/8/11 - Setlist
A Crime
Peace Sign
Save Yourself
One Day
Don't Do It
Tornado
Tell Me
Ask
All I Can
Love More
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Damn Right (solo)
Give Out
Strange Currencies (R.E.M. cover)
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Sharon Van Etten - 2011 Tour Dates
Wed 01/19/11 New Haven, CT - BAR
Thu 01/20/11 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's %
Fri 01/21/11 Columbus, OH - Wexner Center at Ohio State %
Sat 01/22/11 Nashville, TN - The 5 Spot %
Sun 01/23/11 Asheville, NC - Broadways %
Sun 02/13/11 London, England @ Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen
Tues 02/15/11 Belgium, Brussels - Forest National w/The National
Thu 02/17/11 Utrecht @ Netherlands Cross-Linx Fest
Fri 02/18/11 Eindhoven @ Netherlands Cross-Linx Fest
Sat 02/19/11 Groningen, @ Netherlands Cross-Linx Fest
Sun 02/20/11 Rotterdam, @ Netherlands Cross-Linx Fest
Tues 02/22/11 Poland, Krakow - Studio w/The National
Thu 02/24/11 Poland, Warsaw - Stodola w/The National
Fri 02/25/11 Germany, Berlin - C-Halle w/The National
Sat 02/26/11 Denmark, Aarhus - SCC w/The National
Mon 02/28/11 Sweden, Lund - Färs & Frosta w/The National
Tues 03/01/11 Sweden, Stockholm - Cirkus w/The National
Thu 03/03/11 Finland, Helsinki - The House of Culture w/The National
Fri 03/04/11 Finland, Helsinki - The House of Culture w/The National
Thu 03/10/11 Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery
Fri 03/11/11 Raleigh, NC - Kings Barcade
Sat 03/12/11 Atlanta, GA - 529
Thu 03/17/11 Austin, TX - SXSW
Fri 03/18/11 Austin, TX - SXSW
Sat 03/19/11 Austin, TX - SXSW
Tue 03/22/11 Tucson, AZ - Solar Culture ^
Wed 03/23/11 Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room ^
Thu 03/24/11 San Diego, CA - Soda Bar ^
Fri 03/25/11 Los Angeles, CA - The Satellite ^
Sat 03/26/11 Costa Mesa, CA - Detroit Bar ^
Sun 03/27/11 San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill ^
Tue 03/29/11 Vancouver, BC - Media Club ^
Wed 03/30/11 Portland, OR - Doug Fir ^
Fri 04/01/11 Boise, ID - Neurolux ^
Sat 04/02/11 Salt Lake City, UT - State Room ^
Sun 04/03/11 Denver, CO - Walnut Room ^
Mon 04/04/11 Omaha, NE - Slowdown ^
Wed 04/06/11 Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center ^
Thu 04/07/11 Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater ^
Fri 04/08/11 Madison, WI - University of Wisconsin ^
Sat 04/09/11 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall ^
Sun 04/10/11 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern ^
Tue 04/12/11 Toronto, ON - Drake Hotel ^
Wed 04/13/11 Montreal, QC - Casa Del Popolo ^
Thu 04/14/11 Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall ^
Sun 04/17/11 Washington, DC - Red Palace ^
% with Julianna Barwick
^ Little Scream

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Comments (42)

Cutie.

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2011 2:37 PM

she was amazing. what a show.

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2011 2:43 PM

she totally gives me wood.

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2011 2:47 PM

great photos jessica!

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2011 2:48 PM

Cool Strange Currencies

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2011 2:50 PM

That my friends, was a great show.

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2011 4:11 PM

I'm really pissed that I missed this...Epic should have been on more year end lists.

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2011 4:32 PM

it was on mine! this was an amazing show, I'm so happy i got tix before they sold out!

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2011 4:48 PM

id bang that lesbian

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2011 4:51 PM

Marry me, Cat Martino.

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2011 4:55 PM

absolutely magical show!

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2011 5:06 PM

Doug you are so Hot! call me !

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2011 5:25 PM

Saw her when she opened for the Antlers and she was fantastic then too

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2011 5:56 PM

Is this Cat Power, v. 1.2?

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2011 6:07 PM

That New Haven show is free.

Posted by kwhitehead | January 10, 2011 7:18 PM

I'M BORED

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2011 7:28 PM

Whoa, is that Richard from Versus with Sebastian?

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2011 8:50 PM

AU

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2011 8:56 PM

That is definitely Richard from Versus playing bass for Sebastian!

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2011 8:24 AM

Free is good but New Haven is kinda far.

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2011 9:26 AM

Epic was not epic but had one or two good songs. C+ on PF. This nepotism brought you by BV--only insiders need apply. "She worked her way up" as a shameless self-promoter with some choice friends along the way. Kyp, National, Antlers. Yeah, the lesbian stuff. Tons of guys had her flirt (unconvincingly; badly) with them at shows and parties and I've never not heard the phrase "weird experience" when describing her vibe. Music journalists are a little tired of her jamming their inboxes.

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2011 9:34 AM

I've known Sharon for years, and everything posted in 9:34 is a damned lie, completely made up in the head of a deranged person.


Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2011 12:15 PM

7.8 is a very high grade by Pitchfork standards.
Some samples from the review:
"overwhelming beauty"
"a song that seizes you"
"cool grace"
"an explosive sound"
"one gorgeous, six-minute crescendo"
"yet as soon as it's over, it turns out I want to listen again."

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2011 1:01 PM

she deserves every last spec of her success.

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2011 1:26 PM

If you know me at all, I don't flirt and I rarely go out. Yes, I am awkward. And yes I promoted myself. I had to. As an independent artist one needs to. I was a publicist. And I'm sorry if journalists didn't want to do their jobs and respond about bands I worked for. I was doing my job. They weren't, I suppose.
I have friends and fans that have helped me along the way. I have worked really hard. And I appreciate those who see that. Thank you to everyone that came to Bowery. It means a lot to me.

Posted by sharon | January 11, 2011 1:28 PM

Please don't be hurt or defensive over ONE delusional person's rant. You are beloved. Saturday night was the overwhelming proof of that.

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2011 1:45 PM

young naive sharon, never post as yourself on brooklynvegan. nothing good can come of it.

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2011 1:58 PM

will you be my girlfriend?

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2011 5:25 PM

Marry me Sharon.

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2011 5:52 PM

Ignore 9:34, Sharon, he clearly has his head up his ass.

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2011 6:09 PM

Sharon... Could you answer the question all of us BVers want to know?

Do you have a favorite type of hummus?

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2011 10:08 PM

Sharon, we love you. You are a great person.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2011 12:11 AM

@Sharon
Awkward? Try gorgeous.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2011 9:30 PM

Sharon can be awkward, but her candor is just too endearing.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2011 10:26 PM

Sharon, as a fan of your music (and music and art in all respects) your hard work is greatly appreciated. The work you are making is an inspiration not just to me, but to many others as well. I hope that you continue with what you are doing for the rest of your life - I'm looking forward to getting to experience it.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2011 11:20 PM

good for you Sharon! everyone deserves success!!!

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2011 10:33 AM

9:34 - all the success that Sharon is enjoying right now is due only two things: she makes great music and she's an awesome person.

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2011 4:54 PM

i have to agree with 9:34. she flirted with me at a party and was a cock tease and kept pushing to check out her myspace link.

Posted by PF | January 14, 2011 7:30 PM

i am looking for a show that i can leave my coat at.

Posted by تجارة | January 15, 2011 2:40 PM

first

Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2011 4:24 PM

this post got me to listen to sharon, and my god, blown away

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2011 10:41 PM

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