Legendary rocker Patti Smith and her band performed at both Guild Hall in East Hampton and The Surf Lodge in Montauk over Labor Day weekend.
Smith put on a special show at The Surf Lodge to benefit the Montauk Playhouse Community Center Foundation on Saturday, August 31 and blasted through a killer 10-song setlist. She opened, appropriately, with “Redondo Beach” and ended with a rendition of her biggest hit “Gloria.”
The following day, Smith and her band—Eric Hogemeyer, Tony Shanahan, Lenny Kaye and Jesse Smith—played a slightly longer show at Guild Hall to close the venue’s summer season. Again, Smith opened with “Redondo Beach” and “ended” with “Gloria,” but she returned to the stage and played “Banga” and “People Have the Power” in a rousing, two-song encore. Smith played “Dancing Barefoot,” “My Blakean Year,” Beneath the Southern Cross,” “Night Time,” “Pissing in a River” and “Because the Night” at both shows, and added covers of John Lennon‘s “Beautiful Boy” and Eddie Cochran‘s “Summertime Blues” (#16 on Dan’s Top 100 Song of Summer) to the setlist at Guild Hall.
Smith is continuing to tour this week with stops at the Ottawa Folk Festival in Canada today, September 4, Massey Hall in Toronto on Friday, September 6, and Detroit’s Majestic Theatre on Saturday, September 7. The rocker will take a short break after that run of performances and then return to New York for a show at the Metropolitan Museum in NYC on Friday, September 20.
At the Met’s Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, Smith will perform in the a tribute to 12th-century German “writer, composer, philosopher, visual artist, mystic, Benedictine abbess, visionary, and polymath” Hildegard of Bingen. The museum notes, “Hildegard’s seminal work, Ordo Virtutum, is an early example of liturgical drama, a progenitor of modern-day opera.” The show begins at 7 p.m.
Find links to Smith’s performance schedule and ticket info at pattismith.net.