Last night Dylan invited me to see LIGHTS perform acoustically with him at Joe’s Pub.  I know what you’re thinking, “You saw her on The City, you geek!”  But Dylan’s actually been a huge fan of hers for the last year or so (I informed him when she was going to be on The City a few months ago).  We were handed copies of her EP when we walked in the door and sat down on the pillows in front of the couches, SLRs in our hands.

LIGHTS was really enjoyable and I’m looking forward to listening to her EP later.  She performed for an hour and a half and engaged her fans all the way (she has quite the following).  Above are a couple of the photos that I took.  

Last set of photos that I took at the concert last night…  The lighting in Joe’s Pub is awful.  I didn’t get any good shots of Alysha Umphress or Rebecca Naomi Jones unfortunately.  

Broadway Impact concert feat. the cast of American Idiot

Here’s the line up of cast members actually performing:

Alysha Umphress, Corbin Reid, Joshua Kobak, Brian Charles Johnson, Omar Lopez-Cepero, Michael Esper, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Chase Peacock, Van Hughes, Gerard Canonico, Miguel Cervantes, Libby Winters, Leslie McDonel, Declan Bennett, Ben Thompson, and Christina Sajous.       

    See you Sunday!

    Last night after unpacking a car full of stuff into my apartment, I made my way downtown (via my mom’s car) to Joe’s Pub for Jonathan Groff’s 9:30pm concert.  I didn’t have a ticket (and it was sold out) but I was able to get in anyways due to left over tickets.  Groff performed maybe a dozen songs for a total of thirty minutes.  It was WAY too brief!  I particularly enjoyed hearing him sing Easy to Be Hard (from HAIR).  It was a good time and he has a fantastic voice so it was really nice to hear him sing live again.  

    (The above photos are mine, but you can see more on Playbill that my friend Matt took here – and he even used one of mine!) 

    So tonight I assumed my role of Professional Plus 1 with my friend who’s a writer/photographer for Playbill at Joe’s Pub for The Human Heart concert which was benefitting Haiti relief.  If you click the link you’ll see that the line-up was amazing, featuring a few of the original cast members of Once on This Island (a few songs from it, too, including the benefit title one) – it’s hypothesized that it takes place in a place like Haiti, so it was quite appropriate.  I got to meet Lynn Ahrens (composer of Once on This Island, Rags, etc) briefly before the show, and she was a very sweet woman.  While my friend was introducing himself to the fantastic Michael McElroy, he looked at me and said, “Hey, it’s nice to meet you… wait, haven’t we met before?” and I grinned shyly and said, “Well, I was a fan of Rent back in 2001, so yeah, we’ve met before.”  He smiled and said, “Yes!  I knew I recognized your face.”  Embarrassing, yet kind of… nice?

    The coolest part of the night? Watching (and listening to) Betty Buckley sing Memory (from Cats).

    Wow.  Just wow.

    I don’t know why I didn’t film it, but I took a few pictures and loved listening.  She still has it, 100%, and even did a phenomenal job “acting” the song.  If you ever have the chance, definitely watch Ms. Buckley perform Memory.