I went up to NYC this past weekend to hang with some friends. It all began when Megan offered me a ticket to see Cat Power play at an opening event for Doug Aitken's Sleepwalkers at MoMA. I was super stoked, and decided to make a full weekend out of it.
Anyway, we got a little pre-gaming on, then headed over to MoMA for the happening. The crowd was very big, very talkative, and very hipster. Tapered jeans, greasy-plastered hair, and vintage duds were the name of the game. MoMA was also serving free booze at this event, which at first seemed like a major bonus.
The event opened with some girl reading from a recent book. I have to admit, it was pretty crappy. The crowd more or less ignored her, which isn't surprising for any opening act. Her piece segued into a kickass percussion ensemble, whose beats increased in intensity until some random cowboy and cowgirl walked out of the crowd and started auctioneering. It sounds nuts, it was nuts, but it was also awesome. They were auctioning imaginary things to the drum beats. Very intense. The crowd still did not quiet down.
Finally, silence from the stage, and Chan Marshall (aka Cat Power - who is known for her extreme stage fright) walks on. She sits at her piano and starts playing, and the crowd just keeps on talking. 4 songs in, and you can barely hear her soft folksy voice over the mellow piano. The crowd didn't give a shit. There were a couple meatheads who yelled from the audience at other crowd members to Shut Up! But it was just as rude as anything else.
Needless to say, Ms. Marshall walked off the stage after 4 songs - I found out later - she was just plain disgusted by the rudeness of the audience. It was a shame. It was quite obvious to me that the hipster crowd was more excited about the show being a "fashion accessory" than they were about seeing some very talented people exhibit their art. I was ashamed to be part of this crowd.
Anyway, it was really cool to see 4 songs, and I had a great time with some old, everlasting friends. Plus we went ice skating in Central Park. Finally winter is here.