Grizzly Bear‘s great year got even cooler last night, when Jay-Z and Beyonce showed up at the indie rockers’ free outdoor concert at New York City’s East River State Park. While I was too busy enjoying the show to notice music’s royal couple standing a few yards away at the time (or to read about it on Twitter), an enterprising attendee captured the moment with a fuzzy camera-phone snap that promptly made the rounds of every music blog ever.
Who turned Jay and B on to the Griz? Could have been Kanye West, or Beyonce’s sister Solange (who was reportedly also on the scene yesterday). Or maybe they were just there to rep Brooklyn. Regardless, as a huge fan of Grizzly Bear, Jay-Z, and Beyonce, I could not be more excited about this convergence. Can the Internet will a Jay-Z song featuring Ed Droste on the hook into existence — or, ooh, a Beyonce-Daniel Rossen duet — or a mixtape track where Jay spits over “Two Weeks”? Hey, stranger things have happened.
Oh, and the show? Fantastic, per usual. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Grizzly Bear rock so loud and hard. Openers Beach House were entrancing, too, playing lots of new material that boded well for their next album. Were any of you at the Williamsburg waterfront show last night? What do you make of Jay-Z and Beyonce’s cameo in the crowd?
UPDATE: Brooklyn Vegan has more pics, plus a short video clip of Jay-Z swaying to “Ready, Able.” Be still my heart!
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Photo credit: Jay-Z & Beyonce: Frank Micelotta/Getty Images