The Rain Is No Match for She & Him

July 9th, 2013

She & Him – SummerStage – July 8, 2013

The rain began to fall just a few minutes before She & Him were slated to go on last night at SummerStage. First I heard the shouts from the other side of the crowd—they got hit before I did. Seconds later, feeling the beginning of what turned into a torrential downpour, I asked a group of volunteers who took shelter under the same tree as I did: “What’s your rainout policy?” They replied, “The show goes on rain or shine.” So it seemed like we were destined to watch She & Him through a sea of umbrellas in Central Park.

But the storm only lasted a few minutes. We were wet, but we weren’t ready to head home defeated. And then Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward walked onstage. The two have been making fun, sentimental music for five years now, and they quickly helped us forget about our soggy feet and sagging shirts. Deschanel is probably best known for her roles in Elf, (500) Days of Summer and New Girl, often playing characters with a heavy dose of her own personality. She sings and charms the heck out of us, and that’s exactly what Deschanel did while performing last night, while Ward’s gruff vocals and almost fatherly demeanor guided the backing band through the set.

But it was when the stars of She & Him were alone together that they really shined. Their spare rendition of “I Put a Spell on You” capped the night, with Ward providing shrewd, reverb-heavy guitar and Deschanel belting out and holding onto notes until the very last possible moment. And when the show ended, we went home to hang our drenched clothes in the shower, with harmonies stuck in our heads.

Photos courtesy of Chris Becker |