Last Thursday, Devendra Banhart played quite the special set at Dilettante in Downtown Los Angeles. It was a cozy and intimate setting, and the best way to take in a stripped-down solo set from Barnhart. The performance was in support of the tragic situation currently happening in Venezuela. According to Banhart’s Facebook post, “Due to [Venezuela’s] failing economic system, the most basic human needs are not being met and the public health system is in a state of emergency… Babies are dying because infrastructure is collapsing and are they unable to provide even the most basic health care that we take for granted here: antibiotics, bandages, and even food.”
It was a beautiful evening of music, and all for a good cause. 100 percent of the proceeds went to Venezuelan children in need of medical aid such as incubators, milk, antibiotics and more.
Banhart was humble as he performed a couple new songs, as well as fan favorites like “Daniel” and “Mi Negrita.” It was truly a moving experience for some 50 lucky fans.
Photography & Words: Andrew Gomez