Vampire Weekend at Barnes and Noble

How do you get 1,000 people to a poetry reading by a Ghanian-born Jamaican poet? Pair him with Vampire Weekend. I hadn’t heard of Kwame Dawes before attending yesterday’s Upstairs at the Square at the Union Square B&N (produced by the lovely Lauren Cerand), but he more than held his own against the swooning NYU undergrads out in force for the #1-with-a-bullet pop band. Programming like this makes me optimistic: experimental, organic, and thoroughly enjoyable. (For the record, the band played four songs. “Horchata,” “White Sky,” “Oxford Comma” and “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa.”)

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