M. Ward w/Yo La Tengo, Wyatt Cenac
Yo La Tengo (with its limited-edition lineup).
Celebrate Brooklyn! at Prospect Park Bandshell
Tuesday, August 7
Better than: Having your appendix removed (get well soon, absent Yo La Tengo bassist James McNew).
There was a quiet in the air as I approached the Prospect Park Bandshell, home of the Celebrate Brooklyn! concert series. The crowd gathered outside the gates was gently folding blankets and Instagramming pictures of their ticket stubs, enveloped in a hush that would act as a precursor to a night of subdued laughs and whispered words.
The Daily Show's Wyatt Cenac wore a black t-shirt and cargo shorts, contributing to the evening's understated tone. I have seen him a bunch of times around town, and even while playing to an outdoor crowd, many of whom were still finding their seats when he hit the stage, he had an uncanny ability to hold the audience. On the occasion that his jokes go slightly adrift, he reels it back in with the perfect line (like his description of a cheap lightsaber knock-off as a "shine stick"). The audience did, however, balk slightly at his mention of the Brooklyn Target, whichwell, allow me to express my feelings about this reaction in a formal letter:More »