yeah, um, Frances McDormand was at Death By Audio last night... for real.
Last night, around 10pm, I was standing up near Tara, the door girl, at Death By Audio. I had booked a show for two french bands, The Liminanas and Gaz Gaz (who play again tonight at Cake Shop, fyi), and I was doing my normal thing where I stress out like crazy and hover near the door, waiting for more people to arrive. The Gytters were playing, and people were steadily coming in, when Frances McDormand opened the door to Death By Audio, walked inside and stood there, staring at the wall.
After a few minutes she turned to me and Tara and said "I'd like to see this, what do I have to do?"
I replied "Pay $7," which seemed like a pretty simple solution. She said she needed cash and ran out the door. In under a minute she was back, handed Tara a twenty and ran into the venue.
Now some people have given me shit about charging her, but honestly? I'm all for charging celebrities, they surely can afford a $7 cover, right?
Once inside she stood near the sound booth and immediately started dancing like crazy to the Gytters set. The room started buzzing with whispers of "is that Frances McDormand?" as she let loose and had fun.
After the Gytters were over she came over to talk to me, I guess thinking I was in some kind of position of authority, and said "Why doesn't anyone move?"
I asked her who she was there to see, thinking maybe she had read about the French bands, and she said "I'm not here to see anyone, but don't people your age dance?"
I said "Oh, I don't know, maybe we're all just indie snobs?" (which in hindsight was not the best thing to say) and suggested she stay to check out the French bands.
She just responded, "Well I can't believe people your age don't dance! I guess people my age don't dance either," and left just as quickly as she had arrived.
So there you have it. Frances McDormand randomly wandered into Death By Audio, a place that is not really easy to wander into. How did she end up there? Maybe she was eating at Williamsburger and heard some music from outside? Maybe she has friends in the neighborhood? Maybe she just wanders the streets of South Williamsburg late at night, looking for a dance party?
The world may never know.