Posted in music | pictures on June 15, 2012

photos by Jessica Amaya

Laura Marling at Prospect Park - 6/14/12
Laura Marling

Laura Marling brought her tour to NYC for a free show at Prospect Park last night (6/14) with Michael Kiwanuka and Willy Mason. Here are some pictures from what was a perfect night outdoors.

Willy opened the show with a short set at 7pm sharp followed by crowdpleaser Michael Kiwanuka, who like Laura was here visiting from the UK, and who had played a sold out show at Highline Ballroom just one night earlier. To quote NPR (who will also be streaming some of the Celebrate Brooklyn shows this year), "Michael Kiwanuka combines roots and soul with such old-school, retro-sounding verve, it's hard to believe he's still a rising star -- let alone a 24-year-old." He was backed by a full band and his set included a Jimi Hendrix cover (one of his inspirations to play guitar).

I was afraid that Laura had to follow him, but those fears were washed away seconds into her set; she need not ever fear being the headliner. Captivating the crowd for over an hour (With no encore. She doesn't do encores), the 22 year old British singer-songwriter ended her set just after 10pm with an extremely moving rendition of "I Speak Because I Can". As promised, there was very little banter, except when she introduced her band and asked them to each tell us a "fact". The band member, who in his English accent said the Celebrate Brooklyn sound booth reminded him of a "walker" from Return of the Jedi, and that him thinking about that caused him to almost miss the start of one song, won in the story department. Laura, who stayed seated all night, won in the "I can command a giant field of people by just singing into my mic and looking toward the sky" department (though the best songs were the ones she played with her full band. She did a few new songs and one cover solo on the stage that was, as she pointed out, a bit too big for that.). Amazing show.

Celebrate Brooklyn began this year in Prospect Park with a show by Jimmy Cliff and continues tonight (6/15) with "Geri Allen & Carrie Mae Weems: Slow Fade To Black With ESPERANZA SPALDING / TERRI LYNE CARRINGTON / LIZZ WRIGHT / PATRICE RUSHEN AND MORE".

More pictures and some videos from Thursday's free show, below

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Laura Marling - "Rambling Man" at Prospect Park 6/14/12

Laura Marling - "Hope In The Air" at Prospect Park 6/14/12

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Comments (20)

she sucks...What a boring performer with even more boring fans.

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2012 1:48 PM

1:48 is the life of the party, mind.

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2012 1:55 PM

Laura Marling is the Wonderbread version of Emmy the Great: white, bleached, and stripped of all flavor and substance for mass consumption by the unsophisticated and ignorant.

Worst $3 I ever spent.

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2012 2:10 PM

Can we get a worldwide ban on girls using the piano or acoustic guitar to make boring music based on their first world problems?

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2012 2:15 PM

Laura was brilliant last night. Amazing show! Those people who do not like her music should not come to her gigs. And if it was your first time listening to her give it another try and you won't be disappointed. Trust me!

Posted by Julia | June 15, 2012 3:06 PM

Let's face it. If you find Laura Marling boring, you don't know the first thing about good songwriting.

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2012 3:31 PM

Only caught about 3 tunes but Michael Kiwanuka's set sounded pretty good.

Posted by Burg | June 15, 2012 3:38 PM

You people just like her looks.

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2012 3:41 PM

Frohawk ate too much hummus and passed out on the lawn.

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2012 3:47 PM

Johnny Winter Unplugged

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2012 3:51 PM

lol Marcus Mumford lol

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2012 4:03 PM

she's actually good. maybe try listening?

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2012 4:55 PM

Average singer-songwriter fare to dull to be brunch wave.

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2012 5:41 PM

Even she sounds bored when singing those songs.

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2012 7:15 PM

Laura is the most perceptive and talented song writer out there. The proof that her fans are not interested in her looks is that every single piece of music she has released has either had a drawing or painting on the cover instead of a photograph of her.

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2012 8:17 AM

people who say she is boring haven't actually listened to her music.

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2012 11:03 AM

Just because her music and the manner of her performance is very different from others doesn't mean she is boring. There is no one like Laura Marling out there.

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2012 11:10 AM

11:10- there are literally thousands like Laura Marling out there.

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2012 12:16 PM

Willy Mason was solid. Hes cool. He'll be headlining soon.

Posted by solid | July 1, 2012 2:41 AM

great music wish I was there.

Posted by jordon | July 29, 2013 11:01 AM

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