Posted in music on March 8, 2013

by Fred Pessaro // BBG

D'Angelo / Elvis Costello + Princess / Chris Rock & more @ Carnegie Hall
Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013
Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013
Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013


Amidst a snowy midtown backdrop, Carnegie Hall generated a little heat when the Michael Dorf-produced Prince Tribute opened last night (3/7). Stacked with performers giving props to the man in purple and paisley, the lineup featured some of the same names from the previous evening's "rehearsal" at City Winery, as well as surprise appearances from names like Chris Rock and more. Backed by The Roots with guitarist Wendy Melvion (of Prince's backing band The Revolution), D'Angelo show-closing numbers "It's Gonna Be a Beautiful Night" / "1999" were the clear highlights of the evening, with performances from Bilal (doing "Sister" and channeling Keith Sweat circa 1990s), Bettye LaVette ("Kiss"), Sandra Bernhard ('Little Red Corvette") and Fdeluxe ("High Fashion/Mutiny") also causing impromptu aisle dances. Fun night, and it was great to see people up and out of their seats, wilding out in a buttoned-up place like Carnegie Hall.

More pics from last night including the setlist, The Waterboys, The Roots, Eric Leeds, Diane Birch, the Cardigans' Nina Perrson, DeVotchka, Bhi Bhiman, Kat Edmonson, Blind Boys of Alabama, Citizen Cope & Alice Smith, Talib Kweli, Princess (Gretchen Lieberum & Maya Rudolph) and all iterations there within, are below.

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Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Michael Dorf

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

The Waterboys

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Wendy Melvion

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Fred Armisen

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Eric Leeds

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Princess (Gretchen Lieberum & Maya Rudolph)

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Diane Burch

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Nina Perrson

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Fdeluxe

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Sandra Bernhard

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Devotchka

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Bhi Bhiman

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Kat Edmonson

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Blind Boys of Alabama

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Alice Smith & Citizen Cope

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Talib Kweli

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013


BIlal

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Chris Rock

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Bettye LaVette

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Elvis Costello

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

D'Angelo

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013

PRINCE TRIBUTE SETLIST
The Waterboys - "Purple Rain"
The Roots with Eric Leeds - "One/I Wonder You"
Booker T Jones w/ Choir & Diane Birch - "Raspberry Beret"
Nina Perrson - "Nothing Compares 2 U"
Fdeluxe - "High Fashion/Mutiny"
Sandra Bernhard - "Little Red Corvette"
DeVotchka - "Mountaints"
Bhi Bhiman - "When Doves Cry"
Kat Edmonson - "The Beautiful Ones"
Blind Boys of Alabama - "The Cross"
Citizen Cope & Alice Smith - "Pop Life"
Talib Kweli - "Annie Christian"
Bilal - "Sister"
Bettye Lavette - "Kiss"
Princess - "Darling Nikki"
Elvis Costello - "Moonbeam Levels"
D'Angelo - "It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Night"
Ensemble - "1999"

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Comments (32)

The most fun I ever had at Carnegie Hall.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2013 11:13 AM

Fantastic show!

D'Angelo killed it. The Waterboys, fDeluxe, Sandra Bernhard, Bilal, Betty Lavette, Princess, and Elvis Costello were all amazing.

The only real misses were Diane Birch & choir (the mix was horrendous), "I Wonder You" (not a good song for live performance), Citizen Cope/Alice Smith (ok, but it never really came together) and Talib Kweli (self-explanatory).

Leaps and bounds better than the Tibet House snooze a few weeks ago.

Here's hoping D'Angelo goes on tour soon...

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2013 11:22 AM

The good:

EC did an incredibly obscure song and it was terrific. I hope that he recorded that with The Roots.

D'angelo was great as expected.

Nina's "Nothing Compares 2 U" rendered every other version obsolete.

I had never heard of Kat Edmonson before last night but her version of "Beautiful Ones" stole the show -- although it was weird that she didn't do the big theatrics at the end...I was excited for that and didn't get it.

Waterboys and DeVotchka did great versions of their chosen songs.

The not-so-good:

The acoustic "When Doves Cry" was unremarkable. I think I read that this was a stunner at the rehearsal.

Citizen Cope's "Pop Life" was a mix of unrehearsed, weird missed chord progression, or something. Not good and that's a great song.

Booker T.'s organ was fully lost in the mix until about the last 10 seconds of "Raspberry Beret" -- I know they had the kids on stage but that was a wasted performance.

Posted by derek jeter | March 8, 2013 11:22 AM

OH SHIT, DANE'S IN THE MIX!

Posted by Dane | March 8, 2013 11:22 AM

side note: Elvis Costello came out with a guitar, plugged in, then didn't touch it for the duration of his performance.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2013 11:28 AM

This looks painfully contrived. I think an overpriced slice of cheesecake at Smilers would have been a better use of time and money.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2013 11:31 AM

@11:31 You have absolutely no idea what you're talking about. Sorry you missed out!

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2013 11:32 AM

will there b vidz???

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2013 11:48 AM

I don't get it. Prince is still alive people. What's the point of this concert without him even there?

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2013 11:58 AM

Every one of Michael Dorf's tribute shows have been in honor of living artists, with the exception of Robert Johnson last year.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2013 12:00 PM

citizen cope is the realest n in the game

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2013 12:03 PM

@11:32 I didn't miss a thing, but thank you for your interest in how I spend my time and find enjoyment. Do have yourself a nice day now, numbnuts ;-)

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2013 12:03 PM

nope, doesn't beat getting poked in the eye by a sharp stick

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2013 12:04 PM

Very cool that Sandra Bernhard and Wendy Melvoin were performing together. In the 80's, they looked like sisters.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2013 12:08 PM

I'll take the all-star fail, and couldja super size that for me?

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2013 12:12 PM

Is that Johnny Depp? FDelux?
???

Posted by spikenyc | March 8, 2013 12:34 PM

Who the fuck are literally all of these people?

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2013 12:42 PM

This is a FABulous dress up type EPIC FAIL! I bet everyone in this crowd will be at their local Bon Jovi tribute band show tonight.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2013 12:54 PM

Who the fuck is Michael Dorf?

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2013 1:35 PM

12:00 - Oh, I get it. This was just a money grab. Makes sense now.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2013 1:36 PM

1:35 - I know, right? Am i supposed to Google him now? Ain't nobody got time for that!

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2013 1:39 PM

Stephen Dorf > Michael Dorf

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2013 2:10 PM

any dwarf (fantasy type) > Stephen Dorf > Dorf on Golf > Shel Dorf > Michael Dorf (American law professor) > Michael Dorf (prince guy)

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2013 2:55 PM

Prince is the worst.

Posted by son | March 8, 2013 3:24 PM

good lord, you're all idiots.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2013 4:12 PM

3:24. You're the worst.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2013 4:26 PM

2:55 - Michael Dorf is a "Prince guy" now?

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2013 5:05 PM

12:42, yeah especially Elvis Costello.. who the hell is that?

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2013 5:10 PM

isn't this a fail since Prince didn't show up...which I'm sure everyone thought was going to happen. Neil Young didn't go to his either, but the Boss did!

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2013 9:54 PM

2:55 better show more respect for Tim Conway. Dude is still out there killin it at an age when none of these hipsters will even be able to wipe themselves.

Posted by download firefox 2013 | March 9, 2013 1:17 AM

im changing my name to a symbol too XOXO

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2013 11:26 PM

That's what I'm talking about...amazing!!!

Posted by Kor | September 21, 2014 3:06 PM

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