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Pershing Square the Summer Guest of The Motels

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Wednesday, August 19, 2009, at 10:32AM
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Martha Davis plays Pershing Square.

Fans of Martha Davis and The Motels filled the lawn of Pershing Square Saturday night, and Davis instantly connected the evening as an embrace of Downtown, not just a 80s flashback.

"Madame Wongs . . . 1979." Said Davis after the opening song. The Motels once held unofficial status as the house band for Ester Wong's landmark music club in Chinatown, and offered support to the concert series by waiving a bulk of the fee.

In fact, with the audience shouting out to Davis, Pershing Square became more of a dark intimate downtown night club than outdoor arena.

"Martha! Martha, Martha, Martha!" says a fan at the beginning of the set.

"No fair, I don't know your name," teased Davis.

Pause.

"It's Gino!" was the answer from the lawn.

"Gino...Gino...Gino," Davis softly chanted into the dark.

"Suddenly" the one hour set of new music book ending her new wave hits was Davis' way of welcoming back Downtown.

Upcoming Pershing Square shows — August 19: Great Northern Music; August 20: Curt Smith and Honey Honey; August 21: August 22: Toad The Wet Sprocket with The Janks

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