Spirited, soulful and totally sold out, Tuesday night’s benefit, Holiday Cheer for FUV, exceeded our wildest expectations. The enthusiastic camaraderie onstage made for an especially focused, familial celebration, inspired by past (and we'd guess future) collaborations between this diverse group of musician friends gathered at the Beacon Theatre on a frigid December evening. It was FUV’s third year at this storied venue for the concert, on a night made even more festive courtesy of a brief snowfall earlier that day.
The boldly hirsute Sam Beam of Iron & Wine was the St. Nick-like ringleader for the three hour show with “house band” Calexico — an onstage reunion for Beam and Calexico who had collaborated together on the 2005 EP In The Reins. Calexico co-founder Joey Burns acted as bandleader, guiding every set from guests Nick Lowe, Glen Hansard, Kathleen Edwards, Amos Lee and Beth Orton.