Photos by G.
At the stroke of 11 pm on May 25, 2011 at New York’s Bowery Ballroom, British singer Anna Calvi emerged from a cloud of fog, strapped on her guitar and started rocking. She started off with a guitar solo that would have made Jimi Hendrix smile. Vocally, the indie rock singer has a voice that at times is reminiscent of Siouxsie Sioux but then would be smooth and mellow like a crooner out of the 1950s. Her stage presence is sexually charged and she really knows how to keep an audience entertained. She covered Elvis Presley’s “Surrender” as well as “Jezebel,” a song made famous by Edith Piaf during her 40 minute set. Her voice is a power house and on the mellow moments, you could hear a pin drop in the Bowery Ballroom because obviously, nobody wanted to miss a note. You shouldn’t miss a note either. Anna Calvi rocks!
Spotted in the crowd: David Byrne (former lead singer of Talking Heads). See a spy photo of him, the set list as well as a photo of my encounter with Anna Calvi after the jump.