best "it's been a long time, long time now" performance: beirut at the northside festival. how shar has never seen beirut until last night is beyond me. zach was adorbs as expected and the horns were in full force. it was touch and go as thunderstorms pounded new york on the hour, but the skies miraculously cleared as yellow ostrich took the stage. followed by a thrilling set (despite annoying loud conversing gal next to me) by sharon van etten. my love for her is great as you would know if you are a follower of my blog. extra extra awesome bonus was aaron dessner of the national joining sve for her set. there were closing hugs between the two. cutes! the finale with zach and gang was everything i was anticipating and more. zach did throw out a few hips swivels to bring a big grin on this gal's face. zach encored solo with "the penalty" saying he hadn't played the tune in a while. a fab night to remember. off to play this on repeat.