Darkside's Dave Harrington hosted his 3rd annual Holiday Spectacular at Brooklyn Bowl Sunday evening, welcoming an impressive line-up of guest vocalists such as Nick Murphy (Chet Faker), Martin Courtney (Real Estate), Hamilton Leithauser (The Walkmen), Sam Cohen and many more. Harrington created this event to gather a bunch of his old friends on stage and take you on a journey through holiday cheer and Sunday night was all that and more.
I walked into Brooklyn Bowl and the holiday spirit was spewing out of the doors. The crowd was incredibly cheerful and appropriately dressed in sweaters and holiday colors - I even saw a girl wearing a headband made out of tinsel. Then I looked on the stage and there was a man singing "War On Christmas" wearing a full-on Santa suit with a beard and everything.
The guest vocalists did a perfect mix of holiday and non-holiday songs but the best moment of the entire evening was when Hamilton Leithauser
walked on stage to perform "When The Truth Is..." from Hamilton + Rostam's I Had A Dream That You Were Mine
. The shuffling, yearning, oldies-inspired, doo-wop number had everyone in the room swaying back and forth as we drooled over Leithauser's vocals.
Then there was Nick Murphy
(aka Chet Faker) who has gone off his rocker a little but in a good, entertaining way. Murphy had a Kurt Cobain/Joaquin Phoenix via Walk The Line
thing going on during his performance. He was dressed in baggy clothes with a bedhead-look and performed Edwyn Collin's "Never Met a Girl Like You Before" and he was pulling it off so well. During the songs break, he was head bangin' all over the stage, knocked the mic stage over and put his clothes on a couple band members behind him and twirled the mic around by the chord. Most entertaining performance of the night, by far.
Jen Goma (A Sunny Day in Glasgow) and Jon Philpot (Bear in Heaven) sang "Simply Having A Wonderful Christmas Time" and it was absolutely adorable. For the finale, they packed the stage with all of the guest vocalists and instrumentalists to sing a slowed-down version of Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be Released" and it was the best way to wrap up the 3rd annual Holiday Spectacular.