St. Vincent, Jack Antonoff, Bartees Strange and Jason Isbell participated in the Ally Coalition Talent Show on Tuesday.
In his song “ At the Holiday Party ”, St. Vincent describes a convivial scene in which everyone involved relaxes, maybe takes a few pills and lets down their guard. It’s about enjoying a safe space and being yourself, and she brought that same vibe to Jack and Rachel Antonoff’s ninth Ally Coalition Talent Show on Tuesday. A video from the event shows her performing this song, from her album Daddy’s Home (2021), with other artists of the evening, including Jack Antonoff on piano and Bartees Strange on guitar.
The event, which took place at the Skirball Theater in New York, is held to benefit the Ally Coalition. Over the years, Talent Show has raised more than $2 million to help unhoused LGBTQ+ youth in the United States. Tuesday’s edition raised more than $430,000 for the organization.
St. Vincent (who also performed “ new York “), Jason Isbell, Claud, Clairo and Bartees Strange’s mother, Dr. Donna Mitchell-Cox, attended the event.
Dr. Mitchell-Cox accompanied his son for an acoustic rendition of “ Summertime “, extract of Porgy and Bess. Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Janis Joplin all recorded memorable renditions of the tune, but Ms. Mitchell-Cox launched into acrobatic vocalizations, raising and lowering her hands according to pitches, as her son looked on proudly. Bartees Strange took the microphone in turn, then he ended up rejoicing that his mother supplanted him. Both Isbell and St. Vincent referenced Dr. Mitchell-Cox’s performance later in the concert.
Other notable performances included Isbell’s cover of ” Hello in There » by John Prine and Claud’s cover of « Betty » by Taylor Swift, who had the audience singing along. Clairo also emotionally performed her own song “ Blouse », accompanied by Strange and Bleachers.