The Haim sisters, corned beef on rye, the musical stylings of Britney Spears, an appearance from Rostam Batmanglij -- there was much to like, and little to kvetch about, at the first date on Haim’s intimate Deli Tour on Tuesday (March 10).
A lucky few fans were invited to Sarge's Delicatessen & Diner on 3rd Avenue in New York City, where Este, Danielle and Alana Haim managed to cut the mustard despite the small space. Backed by a keyboardist, saxophonist and collaborator Batmanglij, Haim stripped it down and hammed it up, performing a mostly acoustic set in the middle of the deli as attendees noshed on matzah ball soup and choices of corned beef, pastrami or turkey sandwiches. (Pickles and coleslaw also flowed freely.)
While the five-song set was a highlight in itself, one particularly choice moment came when they performed a cover of Britney Spears’ "I’m Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman," preceded by a lengthy intro from Este about the importance of the 2002 film Crossroads, which undeniably impacted her life and career. For what it’s worth, her Britney impression was spot-on.