Yeah Yeah Yeahs Play Stripped-Down Set at Museum of Modern Art Garden Party
The invitation for the Museum of Modern Art's annual Party in the Garden Tuesday night promised special guests alongside musical performers Karen O and Nick Zinner, but no one expected it to be Wolverine. "We're here for one reason only," announced a dapper Hugh Jackman from the stage, "and that is to get the party started!" He then brought out two-thirds of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, who proceeded to play an electrifying set at the museum's Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden.
Joined by a three-piece string section, a back-up guitarist and a stand-in drummer (Brian Chase was in Australia the night of the event), the art rockers looked right at home performing at the glitzy outdoor venue. "I hope you got the memo that this is acoustic Yeah Yeah Yeahs," Karen O told the crowd. "Maybe in 25 to 30 minutes, you guys can go f---ing crazy!"
After playing two songs, O took off her shoes and began dancing in her printed kimono-style dress to a mixture of old and new tunes, including 'Hideaway' and 'All Is Love' from the soundtrack of 'Where the Wild Things Are.' The former track was dedicated to director Spike Jonze , who was recently honored with a retrospective at the museum.
The highlight of the set was when the band announced they were going to play a Yeah Yeah Yeahs love song. "We would like to dedicate this to all you late spring lovers tonight," Karen said before launching into a tender version of 'Maps.' And as she predicted, the throng of partygoers went f---ing crazy.
The annual fundraiser benefits the Museum's general operating fund to help sustain its education programs and exhibitions. The event's previous musical headliners include Estelle, M.I.A. and Mos