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Peter Bjorn and John at Union Hall

Peter Bjorn and John played a last-minute "secret show" at Union Hall in Brooklyn Sunday night (January 28th). The show was set up so the band could practice a bit with their new American sound engineer and tour manager before playing their scheduled serious shows at Mercury Lounge and Bowery Ballroom on Monday and Tuesday. Press was not invited. Tickets were only sold to 50-or-so people who pre-ordered their CD at Other Music on Friday and Saturday. The other 50 tickets (capacity of about 100 there?) went to who-knows-who.

I wanted to go, but figured I'd never make it to Other Music in time on Friday (January 26) to get a ticket.

Instead I headed over to Sidewalk Cafe to catch the all-star anti-folk lineup of Paleface, Kimya Dawson and Jeffrey Lewis. How stupid I was to think that getting to Sidewalk Cafe ten minutes after Paleface's scheduled 8:00 pm start time would be early enough to get in - Sidewalk was PACKED, and at capacity. Nobody else was getting in. Bummed (and thinking I should have chosen Ted Leo or M Ward instead), I left and decided to take my chances at Other Music - they stay open until 9:00 on Fridays. Long story shorter, they still had tickets! I still would have loved to have seen that Kimya show, but scoring the PB&J ticket was just as sweet.

Peter Bjorn and John at Union Hall

The Sunday night Brooklyn show, which also ended up being the Swedish trio's first-ever U.S. performance, kicked off around 10:30 pm and ended about 11:45. Eugene Mirman and Michael Showalter's weekly comedy show happened in the same room from 7:30 - 9:30. I'm pretty sure Eugene stayed for PB&J too. Carl Newman of the New Pornographers was also present, but ex-Concretes vocalist Victoria Bergsman was not - actually it's possible she was there, but she didn't join them on vocals when they played their hit single "Young Folks" (mp3 above). She will be joining them on their remaining U.S dates though - and I'm sure she'll be a bonus even though Peter definitely did just fine without her at Union Hall (he was aided by a Swedish friend on the bongos instead & too).

In fact, Peter, Bjorn and John ALL did just fine all night - more than fine - AMAZINGLY FINE (legendary fine?? - it felt that way)...they ROCK even --> definitely the best show I remember seeing in a long time, and one I won't forget any time soon.

Two more NYC shows to go (+ Conan then LA + the Cake Shop thing).

Peter Bjorn and John at Union Hall



Comments (28)

Great pics BV. I'll be @ Bowery tomorrow. Now I'm even more excited. Thanks BV.

Posted by Christopher | January 29, 2007 6:43 AM

I't great to hear this! I am going tonight and quite looking forward to the show... anyone know anything about the openers?

Posted by birdboy | January 29, 2007 8:14 AM

I wonder what the Southpaw people are going to do about the fact that they are getting killed by Union Hall. Southpaw needs to step it up in the booking department. The way things are going, they'll probably be out of business within a year.

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2007 9:15 AM

did the concretes break up? this saddens me so...if its true...or maybe there are just a million female vocalists in the band so an "ex" one isnt so special

Posted by pretty girl | January 29, 2007 10:10 AM

I was just looking into this, from what I can gather the concretes didn't break up but Victoria Bergsman the lead singer has left the band to pursue a solo career.

Feel free to correct me if I am wrong.

Posted by birdboy | January 29, 2007 10:18 AM

Were there any tickets at the door last night? I thought about trying to go but didn't want to risk it since I live so far away.

Posted by Anon | January 29, 2007 10:35 AM

Hey Anonymous, I don't think that's a very fair statement about Southpaw. It's apples and oranges. Southpaw is a gorgeous and huge room and they do a great job, Union Hall is a gorgeous small room. They work pretty hard in both places to make cool things happen in the Slope. I think we're lucky to have two pretty cool venues in the neighborhood. Three if you count Barbes!

Posted by Jack | January 29, 2007 10:37 AM

They let a handful of us non-ticket-holders when the show started in place of no-shows from the lists. I was surprised there were so few people trying to finagle their way in. Of course, I only live a couple blocks away so I didn't have much to lose.

Couldn't see a thing, but PB&J blew me away!

Posted by Larry | January 29, 2007 10:52 AM

the small room is getting all of the big shows! A gorgeous big room with no decent shows booked goes out of business. that's all i'm sayin'.

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2007 10:54 AM

Apart from the ones gotten via Other Music, how the others given out was a mystery. But there wasn't a giant line of people clamoring to get in. No drama from what I could tell. It was a pleasant, enthusiastic crowd who weren't just there to hear "Young Folks."

Posted by bill p | January 29, 2007 10:58 AM

get there early for white rabbits. you will not be disappointed.

Posted by rachael | January 29, 2007 11:28 AM

"I wonder what the Southpaw people are going to do about the fact that they are getting killed by Union Hall. Southpaw needs to step it up in the booking department. The way things are going, they'll probably be out of business within a year."

man, i wish those who don't know how booking works wouldn't comment on booking. i know nothing about accouting, and don't speak of it to friends who are CPAs. think before you speak. a few buzz-bands or underplays do not make a room...

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2007 11:41 AM

hey bv, maybe you want to keep your internet anonymity, but were you the one in the front with the gray hoodie? when i saw that guy rocking out, i immediately thought that had to be you.

oh, and didn't other music get more passes (or whatever you want to call them) on sunday? i'm assuming that's where some of the plus 50 came from.

Posted by amy | January 29, 2007 11:42 AM

The 75 people who were not the 50 Other Music winners were invited guests of the band and their label.

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2007 11:51 AM

hey anonymous who wrote "The 75 people who were not the 50 Other Music winners..."

I was one of the "winners", and by my calculation my "prize" cost me a trip to Other Music, a $13 CD pre-order which I have to return to Other Music to pick up some time in February, AND a $10.00 ticket to get in the show.

Mind you the show was great, but don't kid yourself that the 50 Other Music buyers were somehow "winners"

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2007 12:07 PM

White Rabbits played sin-e Saturday w/ Sure Juror. Overall "meh" rating.

Anybody know why Sure Juror was playing the first slot? Those guys rock too hard to be stuck at 8pm. Way better than the other acts.

Posted by nonymous | January 29, 2007 12:08 PM

what makes you think that person doesn't know how booking works? it does look like Southpaw has huge gaps between decent shows. wouldn't they need some good shows to stay in business?

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2007 12:16 PM

Yes sir, mr. syntax police!

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2007 12:17 PM

anyone get a setlist?

Posted by ms | January 29, 2007 3:36 PM

you are entitled to your opinion of white rabbits, but mine is far from "meh".

i booked the show at sin-e and put sure juror first because it was their first real show in new york city. we weren't sure of the draw. but yes, they do in fact rock. and you can check them out at a later show time this saturday and the following saturday at pianos.

Posted by rachael | January 29, 2007 3:45 PM

"i booked the show at sin-e and put sure juror first because it was their first real show in new york city. "

so I guess Peter Bjorn and John should be opening for White Rabbits tonight because it's also their first real show in New York City.

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2007 3:57 PM

Sin-e sucks and i'll be glad to see it close

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2007 4:06 PM

it was also kind of their first real show with a new line up ANYWHERE. but good that you came to see them.

oh, and they are also playing at pianos on saturday at 8:30 (the same time they played at sin-e actually).

MAYBE bookers are onto something!

Posted by nora | January 29, 2007 4:17 PM

the other tickets may have been given to family/friends, being that there's no backstage area at union hall.
kimya was amazing at union hall last week, but since i'm away now, i wasn't able to make it to the sidewalk cafe, although i would've loved to see jeffrey lewis.

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2007 7:15 PM

white rabbits are awesome.. i have always had a good time if i am lucky enough to catch them at a show

Posted by lea | January 29, 2007 9:42 PM

Just got back from this; great band, a bit too much of a scene for me; all those goddam heavy-duty flashes, kinda made it suck a little. Clearly this band is already too big for mercury and probably bowery too; but they did put on a great show and overall I'm glad I went.

Posted by birdboy | January 30, 2007 1:11 AM

If I was in a band I would rather play a venue as opposed to a yuppie basement. Southpaw rules. Union Hall is awful. Extremely white. Extremely vibeless. It represents what most people in Park Slope abhor. If I was a person who loved music and people without soul, I would be a regular at Union Hall.

Posted by Andrew | January 30, 2007 12:42 PM

Amen to the yuppie basement comment. That Union Hall place is the worst. Something to remember about Southpaw is that (like most real venues) the better shows there generally coincide with the touring seasons (ie spring and fall), and they have to do what they can to fill nights during other times of the year. I don't know about you, but to me booking a few decent indie rock bands for the past couple months doesn't really compare to the kind of shows that southpaw has done over the past five years. They've had everyone from Art Brut to Frank Black to Steve Earle to KRS-One to Cat Power to Rocket From The Tombs. I'd like to see union hall try do the Dirtbombs or the Lemonheads. It's really apples and oranges.
That place is a watered down yuppified version of a venue, and if you can't see that then I feel sorry for you, cause you're missing the point. Go watch your favorite band and then maybe you can go upstairs and get a game of bocce with some corporate button-down jerk-off, cause those seem to be the only people in that bar whenever I've been there.

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2007 3:48 AM

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