Johnny Azari wore black jeans, a black T-shirt, and a black button-up, his right elbow poking out through a hole in the sleeve. His afro was backlit, and the effect lent Azari a kind of unearthly quality as he opened a memorial concert Monday night for two members of Brooklyn-based band the Yellow Dogs, brothers Arash and Soroush Farazmand, and their friend Ali Eskandarian. The three Iranian musicians were shot to death by an acquaintance in their Bushwick home on November 11.
"It's moments like these that really make you realize how hollow words are. Our Iranian heritage is so rich with poetry -- to be left speechless like this is really devastating," Azari told the Brooklyn Bowl audience.More »