FRIDAY, JANUARY 31, 2014|
Posted by: Sara Salaway
Last night Citi Presents Evenings With Legends continued on to its second night with Band of Horses. This is part of a series of events at the McKittrick Hotel in Chelsea including John Legend (who performed Wednesday), and The Black Keys tonight along with Q and A sessions with athletes Eli Manning, Jerry Rice and Mike Ditka. The crowd, filled with dolled up Citi Card members, was swept away by Band of Horses' humorous charm. Southern hospitality exuded from the stage throughout the performance, which made it feel more like a jam session than a formal show.
The playful foursome emanated the vibe that they had known each other forever, which made it all the more of a cohesive experience. As main vocalist Ben Bridwell sang his honky tonk harmonic heart out, he did not cease eye contact with whatever member of the band he would be smirking at at the time. The first half of the show was clearly a romance between Bridwell and co-vocalist Ryan Monroe across the stage behind the piano. They were so connected and in sync with on another, which created a very special and homey atmosphere. The band was so comfortable after a couple songs that Bridwell shouted, "What part is this? The chorus?" and a few songs later, "we're just kinda doin' whatever."
As you can see in the user-uploaded video below of the band performing "Weed Party" off their debut album Everything All the Time, their jub-band jive was the perfect fit for the unique speakeasy space.