Image via Rolling Stone
On Saturday I went to the Bridge School Benefit Concert at Shoreline, a music fest that Neil Young has been organizing since 1986 to raise money for educating kids, like his own son Ben, with severe speech and physical impairments. Some highlights: the Flaming Lips sang a wonderful version of The Beatles’ A Day in the Life, plus they had Reggie Watts as a quest human beat-box. I fell in love with Ray La Montagne (trouble trouble trouble trouble trouble trouble) and Sarah McLachlan all over again. Lucinda Williams ruled as always, and K.D. Lang’s voice was as divine as ever. Steve Martin impressed everyone with his banjo picking and having “completely memorized” every song. Foster the People had a xylophone (marimba? I don’t know)! But my very favorite act was Jack White.
He played with his all-female band, and they rocked extremely hard. On his latest album, Blunderbuss, some songs are accompanied by the women and some by an all-male band. I’m SO psyched he brought the women to Bridge School (apparently he had the men backing him on Sunday). Not only did they completely shred on their instruments, they also killed it with their outfits. The drummer, Carla Azar (whose hotness my husband could not stop discussing), wore a bell-sleeved baby blue lace dress (it seems to be the same one she wears in the video below). The violinist wore a chiffon, cinched-waist dress in a similar color with ruby red lips and raven hair. Check them all out (at a different concert but many performers are the same) below. The full visual and auditory experience was 100 percent gorgeous.
P.S. If you think the all-female or all-male band thing is at all weird, read about how this Slate writer believes Jack White is a feminist. And then you could also read in the Atlantic about how he’s sexist. I’m firmly in the former’s camp.