There are plenty of people working on more than one movie at the Sundance Film Festival this year, but only one musical act pulled double duty Sunday. On a packed party night in Park City, Damon Albarn played a 5-song set at the Sundance Channel HQ in the evening in front of Maggie Gyllenhaal and more. He then hustled down the block to the YouTube On Main Street storefront for a slightly longer show in front of 150 guests at 11 PM. At the two invite-only SRO events, the Blur and Gorillaz frontman performed ballads from both his bands and his upcoming solo album. In both gigs, a string quartet and a keyboardist backed up Albarn, who played acoustic guitar.
Music has long since been a part of the on-screen and off-screen Sundance. Shown in the Alex Gibney-directed documentary Finding Fela, the Fela! Band has played three separate shows at this year’s festival. Last year after the debut of his Sound City docu, Foo Fighter Dave Grohl got out of the director’s chair and onstage for a 3-hour-long rock legend-heavy concert. While Metallica wasn’t there in 2004 for the Joe Berlinger- and Bruce Sinofsky-directed Some Kind Of Monster, the band played a private party at the 2006 Sundance.
Meanwhile, elsewhere on Main Street and Park Avenue on Sunday night, there were velvet ropes for more than music. Following a screening of the Sundance Productions co-produced Chicagoland series and the world premiere of the Roger Ebert docu Life Itself, CNN Films staged its party. HBO Docs and UTA also had Sundance parties on Sunday. As well, there was the pop-up WME Lounge and a smorgasbord of private dinners by the likes of WWE Studios and others. In terms of music, Albarn’s Sundance reign might end later today. With the January 18 premiere of his God Save The Girl drama behind him, Belle and Sebastian singer Stuart Murdoch will be joined by his bandmates for a show later today. Nick Cave may also pull a double act of his own and take the stage tonight. Appearing in the fictionalized World Cinema Documentary Competition pic 20,000 Days On Earth, the singer and author is rumored to be putting on a show of his own after the film’s premiere.