This week I saw The Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile at one of the numerous free outdoors events happening in New York City in the summer. First introduced to them by a friend, it was a great concert of what I would call classical bluegrass or American folk. Super talented musicians, banjo, mandolin, classic guitar, violin and bass, that totally won their audience, even though they never followed their clapping…
From the teaser of the show at the River To River NYC Festival
After Nickel Creek disbanded, mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile assembled the all-star quintet Punch Brothers. The new group issued a debut album, “Punch”, in 2008, which was anchored by Thile’s ambitious 40-minute, four-part suite “The Blind Leaving the Blind.” In February, 2008, The Punch Brothers performed a sold-out concert for Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series.
A snippet of the show, good for the music, not so much for the visuals (I was far from the stage and taping with my mobile phone, a Nokia N80, all zoomed in).
And on our way back home, fireworks on the Hudson River sponsored by some company throwing a party in an office building right by the water, and a quick trip to Olafur Eliasson’s summer “Waterfalls” on the other side of the lower end of Manhattan, at the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges.