Last night at Manhattan’s Town Hall, folk music’s greatest and latest joined forces to pay tribute to the music of Inside Llewyn Davis, the forthcoming Coen Brothers film chronicling the city’s downtown music scene in the ’60s.
It was an evening of “weeping, wailing and sowing and reaping” (as master of ceremonies and Llewyn Davis costar John Goodman put it) featuring an all-star lineup — including Avett Brothers, Marcus Mumford, Patti Smith, Joan Baez, Jack White, Conor Oberst, and the Decemberists’ Colin Meloy — performing music from the soundtrack as well as the classic folk songs from the movie.
Below, some of the highlights of the evening:
+ The Punch Brothers as the house band
The five-man band took on classics like “Tumblin’ Tumbleweeds” and “Rye Whiskey,” and provided the backbone for multiple performers.
+ Justin Timberlake’s “Understudy”: Elvis Costello
Although Davis costar Justin Timberlake was unavailable, he sent his “understudy,” Elvis Costello. The bespectacled rock icon walked into his set with a standing ovation, joining famed producer T Bone Burnett and actor Adam Driver, who backed on vocals for “Please, Mr. Kennedy,” the song performed by Timberlake in the film. READ FULL STORY