Last night, the legends of folk music and the stars of the upcoming Coen Brothers film, Inside Llewyn Davis, took over Town Hall in New York City for “Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating The Music of Inside Llewyn Davis.” The once-in-a-lifetime concert was a mix of old school fundraiser, folk music tribute, and publicity event, but it also was the place to be to see some of the most transcendent folk music performances we’ve seen in ages from the likes of Patti Smith, Joan Baez, Gillan Welch, Jack White and Marcus Mumford, as well as the public’s first chance to hear Carey Mulligan and Oscar Isaac perform songs from the Inside Llewyn Davis soundtrack.
It was an absolutely incredible night for folk music, but what 10 things should you know now before the concert airs on Showtime on December 13?
1) The Line Up Was Insane
Take a deep breath, because here we go…performing at “Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating The Music of Inside Llewyn Davis” were Marcus Mumford, Jack White, Joan Baez, Patti Smith, the Avett Brothers, (surprise guest) Elvis Costello, Conor Oberst, Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlings, Rhiannon Giddens, Punch Brothers, Willie Watson, Keb’ Mo’, Bob Neuwirth, Colin Meloy, The Milk Carton Kids, Lake Street Dive, Secret Sisters, and I’m worried I forgot someone.
Oh! Right! The stars of Inside Llewyn Davis also performed. So, the crowd was treated to performances from Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Stark Sands and Adam Driver.
Anyone else? Yes. John Goodman and Garrett Hedlund presented various bands throughout the night (as did Mulligan and Driver).
Oh, and of course, T Bone Burnett, the Coen Brothers’s music guru—you might remember their Oscar-winning collaboration on O Brother Where Art Thou?— was there.
Insane, right? All in one concert. And I’m not even going to get into how every celebrity in New York City seemed to be in attendance.2) Okay, Why Were All Those Amazing Artists And All Those Famous People There For?
Technically, it was a benefit concert for the National Recording Preservation Archives. Meaning, the proceeds and donations collected from the concert are going to help save old recordings of folk music.
However, it was organized by the Coen Brothers and their music supervisor, T Bone Burnett, and featured songs and performers from their new film Inside Llewyn Davis. So, the concert also felt a little like a giant P.R. event for the movie that comes out in December.
In the end, “Another Day, Another Time,” was a mix of both of those things, as well as something more. It was a tribute to the folk music pioneers of yesteryear, a celebration of folk artists killing it today and a preview of the innovators who are about to reinvent the genre for ensuing generations.
But enough about that. What you really want to know about is how Elvis Costello faired as Justin Timberlake‘s understudy, if Carey Mulligan can sing live, how Patti Smith sort of embarrassed herself, which acts gave potentially career-making performances, and if all the hype about Inside Llewyn Davis‘s star, Oscar Isaac, is deserved. So let’s get to that…
[Photo Credit: Rahav Segev, courtesy of CBS Films]