J. Tillman’s sarcastic alter ego Father John Misty conquered Central Park with a sold out SummerStage show at Rumsey Playfield. With a charismatic stage presence, FJM opened the set with “I Love You, Honeybear,” the title track of his well acclaim second album. The night was featured with tunes from both Fear Fun and I Love You, Honeybear.
During the set, Father John Misty walked down the stage to the crowd several times and engaged with the audience by using a fan’s cell phone to take a video of him singing on stage. Moreover, Rumsey Playfield turned into a giant karaoke venue when J.Tillman began to sing his witty tune “Bored in the USA.”
For the encore set, FJM did a solo acoustic version of “I Went to the Store One Day” and a full band version of “Everyman Needs a Companion” before saying good night to the 5000 New Yorkers.
Indie folk rock singer-song writer Angel Olsen and New York-based super group Summer Moon (Nikolai Fraiture from the Strokes, Erika Spring from Au Revoir Simone, Tennessee Thomas from The Like) opened the show.
Photos and Words by: Mia Min Yen