Cake at Music Hall of Williamsburg

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Cake’s performance on April 19th at The Music Hall of Williamsburg consisted of a two hour plus performance, a disco ball, lack of a set list, extensive audience participation, and the auctioning off of a cherry tree.  The band may have been around for almost two decades now, but their performance skills have not changed.  Singer John McCrea still possesses a somewhat monotone singing voice which gave Cake their original sound.  The house was full for their show which started on time at 9:00, and went straight through to an intermission at around 10:00.  While most bands don’t have “intermissions,” I actually enjoyed the fifteen or so minute break.  McCrea admitted about halfway through the show that the band “never uses a set list, which is why they were a little all over the place” and preferred to just decide what to play as they go.  The played plenty of old songs, such as “Wheels,” “Short Skirt, Long Jacket” and “Sheep Go To Heaven,” which all sounded just as great as they did on the albums they originally came out on.  Along with these they performed songs off their new album “Showroom for Compassion.”  Two of my favorites include “Sick of You,” which McCrea instructed the entire audience to sing the chorus for, and “Bound Away,” a song about being out on tour.  The combination of new and old songs appealed to the diverse crowd, which contained people of my age and possibly younger, to those in their fifties and up.  The show overall had a very mellow tone, there were no crazy mosh pits or even people chaotically dancing, and although most of the shows in New York I go to contain these things, it was nice not having to worry about getting trampled even though I was next to the stage.  John McCrea constantly thanked the crowd for being out there with them, which is something plenty of artists only do once or twice during a set.  Overall, it was a great way to spend a Tuesday night in Williamsburg, and Cake did not disappoint at all.  Plus, I could have won a cherry tree that McCrea was auctioning off at the end of the show.  While I did not win the tree, it was still an awesome performance and I suggest everyone tries to see Cake next time they’re in your neighborhood.  You won’t be disappointed.


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