I WAS THERE . . . The Takeover 9.27.08
St. Vincent and Sufjan Stevens feel it in the air tonight at The Takeover. All photos by Kevchino
Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
September 27, 2008
Saturday night was probably one of the most interactive events I’ve been to in a while as the second annual Takeover took place at BAM, literally taking over the 4 floors of this performing arts space for this almost all-night party going from 9 PM to 4 AM. With bands chosen by Sufjan Stevens, music was presented by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus featuring Nico Muhly, St. Vincent, Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens, and The Budos Band. On the second floor King Britt and Vikter Duplaix were spinning and if being there for the music wasn’t your main intention they also had movies playing all night with themes like “Bring Back the Draught!” (obviously beer related) featuring Beerfest, Strange Brew, The Saddest Music in the World, and The Fatal Glass of Beer Another theme was “Up All Night in 1985” featuring The Last Dragon and Perfect, Fright Night. The final theme was “The Reel World: Brooklyn” featuring Saturday Night Fever, She’s Gotta Have It, and The Warriors Finally there was Lars von Trier’s The Kingdom: Part I. Plus there was a rec room where you could play Guitar Hero and Wii games and register to vote.
Music highlights included seeing Naomi Shelton get the crowd off their feet and clapping to her gospel songs with her amazing band. St. Vincent played several new songs and the one’s off her album Marry Me were hardly recognizable as she had a full live band playing highly orchestrated versions of those songs, which gave them new life. Highlight of the night was Sufjan Stevens coming out during her set to perform one of Phil Collins biggest hits “In the Air Tonight” as the crowd erupted after the big drum break. But it was The Budos Band that turned this seated venue into a dance party on fire as the audience were moved to shake their tail feathers. This was a very smart event that everyone watching had little time to get bored with, as there were so many options.