This week we got the chance to witness some incredible music. The Best Fest came through New York City again, paying homage to the most celebrated rock band this year, The Rolling Stones. Wednesday night's show felt more like an extravaganza than a concert to the sold out Bowery Ballroom crowd.
The Honky Tonk atmosphere was oozing with overpowering energy, as the confirmed performers included Patrick Carney of The Black Keys and Norah Jones. The Cabin Down Below Band hosted the event, which has now become a tradition in New York and LA with their sister events, Dylan Fest and Petty Fest.
The Cabin Down Below Band, consisting of Alex Levy, Austin Scaggs, and Strokes member Matt Romano, host the Jameson-sponsored event, donating 100 percent of the ticket proceeds to the Sweet Relief Foundation
, which provides financial support to career musicians who face trouble because of health related issues. The band reached out to every artist to make the roster of performers for the night, explaining how they too are fans of everyone there.
Earlier this week Baeble got an exclusive chance to hang out with the Cabin Down Below Band during rehearsals for the show. The band tore through some covers of "Moonlight Mile", "The Last Time", and "Shine A Light". Country singer Jason Isbell's Nashville influence on "Moonlight Mile" was impeccably flawless (both at rehearsals and at the event). But the room was captivated when Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney got behind the drum set and destroyed "Satisfaction". Needless to say, the overall atmosphere of rehearsal was promising, and (in my opinion), they sounded much better than the Stones did at Barclays Center.
We got to see the first night of two sold out shows at Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday evening. Comedian Seth Herzog took the torch and opened up with "Start Me Up" in true (yet ridiculous) Jagger fashion. Patrick Carney and Har Mar Superstar saluted the rock n rollers through "Satisfaction", and the combination of Har Mar's vocals and "Who The Fuck Is Mick Jagger" tee embodied the Best Fest's eccentricity and propelled the night.
Each song somehow felt better than the next. The Cabin Down Below Band did an excellent job of choosing the ladies of the night: Norah Jones, Regina Spektor, and Ruby Amanfu all landed their own flavor on songs such as "Salt of The Earth", "Angie", and "Jumpin' Jack Flash". Surprise guest Jakob Dylan took the stage with Jones to recreate a poignant "Loving Cup", which was definitely a shining moment.
Jane's Addiction's Perry Farrell did Sir Jagger great justice with his vocals on "Sympathy For The Devil". The night began to wind down with the enchanting Norah Jones singing "Wild Horses.
Stones Fest 2013 ended with every performer lending help to "You Can't Always Get What You Want". The Bowery Ballroom's Jameson fueled energy and all-star performers completely captured the spirit of The Rolling Stones through their nitty gritty, fearless, and above all, merry attitude throughout the night.