There’s a scene in the first season of Girls where Hannah finds out Adam’s a former alcoholic from one of his friends at a hipster party in Brooklyn. Jessie Ware‘s packed Music Hall show in Williamsburg–the upcoming gentrified neighborhood where folks who would’ve been robbed in the same area 10 years ago now live– was eerily similar.
It felt like a ’93 Wu-Tang concert with the stench aroma of Mary Jane lingering in the air. The drunken 20something girls were plentiful, bumping into anyone in sight. During the sultry delivery of “Night Light” the less riled up of the bunch snapped their fingers as if listening to an old Anita Baker jam. The hit “Wildest Moments” sparked a domino effect of said drunk girls dancing wildly and off-beat. A “Valentine” duet with Sampha evoked girls into a screaming frenzy. As we said, an episode of Girls.
The upcoming Williamsburg neighborhood was only partially the cause of the Girls-esque crowd of young people exhibiting the YOLO motto. Some props are owed to Ms. Ware. Her energy is palpable. After joking about being out of breath three songs in she blamed the Girl Scout cookies she devoured the day before. “Probably all those Samoa cookies I got from the bloody Girl Scouts yesterday,” April’s YOK artist joked. Everyone laughed from the pits of their bellies. The witty, spunky personality never turned off from that moment forward. After doing “Taking in Water,” which was written for her brother, her boyfriend was heard cheering loudly from the balcony. She quickly told everyone her man had accompanied her on this particular American trip to which he and his friends implored for a shout out. She conceded. “Give a big up to Max,” only to lovingly scold him seconds later. “Not the time or place, babe.” Again, Jessie had the crowd erupting in laughter.