The National is headlining the concert at Hammerstein Ballroom on October 10th, Grizzly Bear is opening and the evening is hosted by Stella: Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter and David Wain. Tickets are $35 and there's no scalping, like all New York events, it's will-call only.
They're announcing this sometime next week we think but if we find out before everyone else we get to write about it before everyone else, then we're the first listing on Google for it, then we have to be respected, and if we keep talking about it we end up getting free tickets so sometimes it's worth it to snoop around. And yes, it's still relevant to our readers because it's relevant to us.
How is it relevant? If nothing else, because the third time is a charm. The first time we saw The National was at BAM this past winter. As best we can recall our date had burst into tears after My Brightest Diamond left the stage and unlike what you may be thinking, it wasn't the performance. The concert was a good reason to not speak and calm down but walking over to find an hour wait at The Chocolate Room afterward only then upset us and we both sulked spooning our way through a Chocolate Bruno at Blue Ribbon in Park Slope afterward before taking a taxi back to Jersey City. Take two, this summer. Not long after a chocolate stout float - which would be so much better in a to-go cup - from The Chocolate Room we were supposed to head to Jones Beach to see The National open for REM. Again, who was crying for what reason is anyone's guess, but no amount of beer or begging could get us on the LIRR. For some unknown reason The National are the soundtrack to the occasional relationship melodrama which is all the more bizarre as they're not even emo.
So instead of hoping for tears this third time around we'd just a like a satisfying treat at the end of it and if you feel the same way, fear not. Buy a $100 VIP seat and receive free food and drink, a box seat - yes everyone on the floor will be standing - and access to a VIP lounge. Odds are The Chocolate Room is in no way involved with this evening but who knows? The food and drink contracts are likely still being redlined as we write this.
You can keep track of these 40th Anniversary events here as well as buy tickets, or you can just keep reading this blog since we know them all first anyway. And for all you readers who go to multiple New York events, what the hell do you do with all your free subscriptions you get with every ticket? We'll take one since Mad still gets ours delivered to her apartment almost two years later and we're afraid if we change the address she might start crying too.