LIVE: The National @ MASS MoCA, 6/11/16

July 13th, 2016, 4:00 pm by Greg
The National

The National

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Attracting more than 6,000 fans to Joe’s Field, the National set a new attendance record for a single-day event at the sprawling MASS MoCA campus in North Adams. The show was a one-off before they headed over the Atlantic for handful of dates across Europe.

And generously, the show was also a benefit concert with proceeds going to the Ghent-based Hawthorne Valley Association and MASS MoCA.

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Of course, the concert featured a tip o’ the hat to Day of the Dead, the years-in-the-making Grateful Dead tribute, six-hour-long all-star box set that the band helmed. But augmented by a horn section, the National didn’t dwell in the land of the Dead, and considering that it was the band’s only Northeast concert appearance, fans reveled in

San Francisco-based post-popsters Yassou opened the show, although festivities got underway earlier with an exclusive pre-concert party, “Drinks with the National.”

SECOND OPINIONS:
Seth Rogovoy’s review and photographs at The Rogovoy Report

THE NATIONAL SET LIST
Don’t Swallow the Cap
Sea of Love
Bloodbuzz Ohio
Hard to Find
Afraid of Everyone
Squalor Victoria
Peggy-O (Grateful Dead)
I Need My Girl
This Is the Last Time
Find A Way
The Lights
Sometimes I Don’t Think
Slow Show
Pink Rabbits
England
About Today
Fake Empire
ENCORES
The Day I Die
Mr. November
Terrible Love
Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks (acoustic sing-along)

The National

The National

The National

The National

The National

The National

The National

The National

Yassou

Yassou

Yassou

Yassou