Last night at Brooklyn Bowl, Darkside’s Dave Harrington hosted his annual Holiday Spectacular, welcoming a bevy of guests including members of The Disco Biscuits, Vampire Weekend, Guster, Real Estate, The Walkmen, Woods, Delicate Steve and more.
The night kicked off with an invocation from Rabbi Dan Ain of Because Jewish, along with a reading of Woody Guthrie’s Hanukkah Dance. The first set of the night then began the rollout of arists, who each took the stage for one holiday-themed musical offering.
Set one featured Guster’s Ryan Miller performing “Dondé Está Santa Claus?,” Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner from The Disco Biscuits playing “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies” from The Nutcracker into “8 Days” with Alita Moses, Delicate Steve covering “Run Run Rudolph” and Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser singing “When the Truth Is…” from his recent album with former Vampire Weekend member Rostam Batmanglij. The set rounded out with Real Estate’s Alex Bleeker’s rendition of Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind,” one of the rare non-holiday tunes of the night, harkening back to 2014’s Spectacular debut when Bleeker nodded to his home state of New Jersey with Bruce Springsteen’s “Thunder Road.”
The second set of the night kicked off with Starchild & The New Romantic’s Bryndon Cook performing “Another Lonely Christmas” and also featured Sam Cohen playing “Blue Christmas,” Woods’ Jarvis Taveniere with “If Christmas Can’t Bring You Home” and Real Estate’s Martin Courtney’s set closer, “Christmas All Over Again.” The set also featured Vampire Weekend’s Chris Tomson performing an original tune he wrote in college, “Yeah Yeah It’s Christmas.”
To end the night, most of the evening’s cast returned to the stage for a run of Bob Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released.”