This past Friday I had the pleasure of attending the sold out Jeff Buckley Tribute Show at The Knitting Factory which was curated by legendary guitarist Gary Lucas. This was a benefit for Road Recovery, a charity for helping young people battle addiction. The bands he hand-picked for this intimate evening were wide-ranging to say the least. Some standouts were the Gothic folk music of Villa Delirium complete with a singing saw, kora infused pop from German singer song writer Jan Klose, Jeffrey Lewis’ unique anti-folk sound complete with a handmade comic book for his interpretation of Jeff Buckley’s Mojo Pin, and a number of amazing singer songwriters backed up by Gary on guitar. What the artists did have in common was raw talent and a passion for a man that inspired them.
Each artist played 2 or 3 songs, a nice format for getting a taste for so many bands in the space of a couple hours. I wanted to share a few of the special moments from the show. First up is Diana Silveira backed up by Gary Lucas, she is a Portuguese singer and her vocal energy almost immediately silenced the crowd:
Damon Daunno who I think most closely embodied Jeff Buckley’s spirit, at times it almost seemed like he was channeling it directly:
And to round things out Jeffrey Lewis’ taking us through his awesome comic book he made for Mojo Pin:
This was one of those shows that you could just lose yourself in the sound and forget the time. Thanks Gary for putting together something special!