What's the best way to get into the holiday spirit? By celebrating with a corporate sponsor of course! Everyone knows that Santa gives more presents to rich kids, and the real money's in a bar/bat mitzvah anyways, but the other other Jersey boys Real Estate
managed to put the joy back into the flustered scurry leading up to that week between December bank holidays by performing a free show at Music Hall of Williamsburg sponsored by Converse.
Generally free indie shows are one of two things: terribly curated, or terribly populated. In an odd twist of holiday miracle this one was neither. Brooklyn based shoe-gazers Shorts
opened to an impressive and supportive crowd, the density of which swelled without over saturating, both rarities for a free show. Special guest, and friend of the band, SNL's Kyle Mooney wandered on stage between sets to introduce the headliners. His socks were the only evidence of corporate sponsorship's red tape, since the only shoes on stage all night were fresh Converse All Stars, it's fair to assume the reasonably subtle plug was contracted stage footwear.
Other than a few snide remarks from through the mics welcoming audiences to the "Real Estate corporate event," the whole thing felt like a basement show at a Sunday kegger. Chill. Friendly. Full of beer. Friendly is key. There were a few official shout outs, but since most of the audience were fans and personal friends of the band, there were more moments of casual conversation than anything else. Buddies walked up to the stage delivering cold brews, and shouted out requests and inside jokes from all corners of the comfortably crowded room. Where as the Johnnyswim Christmas Show I had attended the night before felt like the band's private Christmas party, this show felt more like the night after Christmas when everyone whose still in town wanders down to the local bar and melts together in a giant religiously nonspecific sigh of relief and has a few beers about it.
Scroll through photos of the night below, including shots of Shorts, Mooney, and Real Estate:
Real Estate (with an intro from Mooney)
If you're unfamiliar with Real Estate, grow up, and watch their Mooney-esq bizarro fun video for "Crime":