Last night, an all-star collaborative concert took place in San Francisco to pay tribute to Leonard Cohen in the wake of his death on November 7th. It was a music-education benefit concert which included a cavalcade of noted independent artists separately playing some of their favorite Leonard Cohen songs.
Sun Kil Moon’s Mark Kozelek lent a loose crooner inflection to “Famous Blue Raincoat,” with pianist Marc Capelle accompanying him. Christopher Owens delivered a glacial, unsettling take on “Paper Thin Hotel” from Death of a Ladies Man supported by strings. The Fresh and Only’s Tim Cohen’s take on Cohen’s first hit, “Suzanne,” in collaboration with Tim Bluhm of Mother Hips, was more straightforward.
Other performers included Sylvie Simmons, Sonny and the Sunset’s Sonny Smith, and Conspiracy of Beards. Watch YouTube footage of some of the night’s performances below [Pitchfork].