Stones Fest 2012 at Webster Hall [2/22/12]

Posted on: February 27th, 2012 at 12:34 pm by

Boogie music correspondent Benjy Tocker attended Stones Fest last week and filed the following report.

The Cabin Down Below Band, the guys who brought you Dylan Fest and Petty Fest, took their shtick to Webster Hall for Stones Fest 2012 last Wednesday night.

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Moving into the decidedly more open venue from Bowery Ballroom where Dylan Fest ’11 took place, many expected the event to lose some of the intimacy of previous ‘Fests. While there were no artists milling about in the crowd as in previous iterations, the stage door and the balcony up top became a spectacle in itself during the announcement of each successive act.

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Jody Porter sang “Loving Cup” with Nicole Atkins (who shared the bill with him at a Fountains of Wayne show at Bowery Ballroom last August). Porter, not dissimilar looking to Mick Jagger, totally nailed it, and some “Moves Like Jagger” jokes may or may not have been uttered. The duo came out later for what was probably the best cover of the night, a searing “Gimme Shelter” that Atkins absolutely crushed with her powerhouse vocals.

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Some other highlights of the night were Will Forte’s incredible falsetto in “Emotional Rescue,” Evan Rachel Wood’s mellifluous “Angie” and Norah Jones taking “Beast of Burden” to new levels of sexy. Jesse Malin jumped into the crowd to dance for a bit and made everyone bring it down to the ground.

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The entire lineup came out to play one final encore. Though it was not “Paint It Black,” “Start Me Up,” “Satisfaction,” or even “Dancing In The Street,” we all learned that we can’t always get what we want.

Full concert gallery below:

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