A weekend of music

       So, this is more than a week old, but I still want to post it.
       My roommates laughed when I said I wanted to go to bed at 9 p.m., but when I woke up at 4:30 a.m., I had all the energy in the world. I was going to see Florence and the Machine. For free.

        We went to Central Park around 6 a.m. and Florence started warming up at 7:45 for Good Morning America. The crowd was quiet and very tired, yet whenever they told us they were filming a shot, we jumped up and drained our bodies of whatever voices we had.
       Florence sounded tired, too, but only when she spoke into the mic. When she sang, she belted.
       It was a very strange concert because we were on standby the whole time. We listened to the morning show and waited for our chance on TV. We were in the back, with a blocked view of the stage (I always get stuck behind a tall person with broad shoulders and big hair — the perks of being 5’2”.)
        Her filmed songs included “The Dog Days Are Over” (of course) and “Cosmic Love,” which she repeated from the warm-up. She sported cutoff shorts, a maroon blouse and a feathered fedora, but for the televised performance, she wore a flowing maroon dress, complete with cape, flowers and bright, matching lipstick.
       It was a dim, misty morning (“brisk” as Caryn would say), and we had our umbrellas ready, just in case it started pouring. We got away without a downpour, and I went to work happy and energized.

Nataly Dawn of Pomplamoose

       I have no idea how I maintained my energy into the night because when I got to the Pomplamoose concert at the Music Hall of Williamsburg at 8 p.m., I was clapping and shouting and dancing.

       Pomplamoose gained popularity on YouTube for their covers of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” and Beyonce’s “Single Ladies,” with which they started the show. Their originals were just as popular as their covers, and all the fans sang the lyrics along with Nataly.
       There were a lot more people there than I thought there would be, and they were all very enthusiastic — especially when the drummer came on stage with an alien mask. The alien mask made Sam and I say, “What the heck?”
       The concert was a “cute” one, with cute covers of “Nature Boy” and “Makin Out,” playful passes between Nataly and Jack, and a cute segment where they wore hats. Cute cute cute. 
       After the concert, I found myself listening to opener Lauren O’Connell on MySpace. I love her song “White Noise.” It starts slow and simple but opens up to a joyful jumble of instruments, kind of like a Sarah Jaffe song. The video is produced just like a Pomplamoose one, showing the performer playing every instrument and singing every vocal track. I like seeing how it’s all put together.
       I saw Fitz and the Tantrums on Saturday in Central Park… another free concert! I had never heard of the band until my roommate Tien had me listen to them. I met her there and danced my butt off. What a good time! The band members were such great entertainers. Even though it was blistering hot, they had so much energy. I definitely recommend their show.
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