On the 19th anniversary (Aug. 25) of her groundbreaking album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Lauryn Hill played an intimate set at the Montauk hotel Surf Lodge.
Marking the end of the hotel’s 10th season, the concert was the kick-off to a celebratory weekend that also included a Sunday performance by Ben Harper. Hill took the waterfront stage at sunset, performing both iconic Miseducation tracks, among them “Everything is Everything,” “Ex-Factor” and “Lost Ones,” and favorites from her days with the Fugees, including “Ready or Not,” “Killing Me Softly” and “Fu-Gee-La.”
Last weekend she joined Dave Chapelle on stage at Radio City Music Hall. On September 7, she’ll embark on a North American tour with Nas, with whom she previously toured with in 2012 after the release of his album Life is Good.
The desire to offer a singular performance led Surf Lodge owner Jayma Cardoso to pursue Hill. “What really drew me to the idea of having her perform is that Lauryn hardly ever does performances. She’s very selective. And even so, her fans have not and will not forget what she has given the world musically,” Cardoso tells Billboard. “I wanted someone to perform that could evoke a feeling. There was a vibe and it was a moment. And Lauryn Hill delivered.”
Above photo by Alexandra Spergel