OWS: Jackson Browne & Dawes Appear in Brief Concert at Zuccotti Park

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Legendary singer-songwriter Jackson Browne moves toward the "stage" at Zuccotti Park.


It was a cold and windy afternoon at Zuccotti Park, with the thermometer stuck at 46 degrees, as Jackson Browne and Dawes took the stage around 1:15 pm. Well, it wasn't really a stage, but a marble planter that they teetered on the edge of, as a small crowd of 300 or so huddled around them.


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Browne sings "Casino Nation"


Still looking somewhat youthful - but also a little like Iggy - Browne made a few prefatory remarks. Unfortunately, what with the wind and construction noise from Ground Zero and the passing traffic on Broadway, his words remained largely unheard.

You see, there was no P.A. system, and thus the crowd had to strain just to hear a note or two, as an overkill of cops looked on from the sidelines, nearly outnumbering the listeners.

Dawes was up there, too, and a couple of back-up singers. Browne launched into "Casino Nation," strumming lightly on his guitar, and turning his face upward toward the skyscrapers that surround the park, the better to be heard:

"In a weapons producing nation under Jesus
In the fabled crucible of the free world
Camera crews search for clues amid the detritus
And entertainment shapes the land
The way the hammer shapes the hand."


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Laurel Canyon band Dawes traded songs with Jackson Browne.


Next, Dawes launched into "When My Time Comes":

"Oh you can judge all the world on the sparkle that you think it lacks.
Yes you can stare into the abyss, but it's staring right back."

After 20 minutes, the concert was over, the crowd dispersed, and only a few people were left, holding signs.

All in all, the concert was just another chapter in the strange history of OWS and Zuccotti Park: two California Bands (Third Eye Blind did not appear, but were seen giving a press conference on the sidelines) on a cold day in New York testifying for what they believe in, but perhaps disappointed that so few folks were there to enjoy the music.


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From the sidelines, Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind gave an impromptu press conference.


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Vtandrea
Vtandrea

i saw it streamed live, and it was phenomenal. and yes, stephan jenkins did perform, so this article is skewed. they were not there for huge crowds, and the writer here makes an inaccurate statement that perhaps they were disappointed with the turnout. very irresponsible.

Rsietsema
Rsietsema

Please look up "perhaps" in the dictionary, I was rendering an opinion. And, yes, from a diehard rock fan's standpoint, the concert was disappointing -- no PA, very few songs, almost inaudible. If you live in the world of publicity instead of reality, I guess it must have been very exciting.

Samantha Cushing
Samantha Cushing

Its like no one has any standard of journalism anymore. The above poster is some of the reason why the world is so stupid today.

Vtandrea
Vtandrea

hahahaha! i am from line of classical musicians. this concert was not publicized, my dear, and so the thought that the performers might be disappointed by the crowd, on a freakin' cold thursday at a police state park, being small is so very laughable that i question your journalistic skills altogether. seriously.you should've watched the livestream i did. all was audible. "perhaps" my contacts were better.  

Jp97019n
Jp97019n

This article is incorrect...Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind performed two songs before Jackson Browne got there.

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