Posted in To Do | music on February 27, 2009

Last weekend it was two nights of Antony and the Johnsons at Town Hall, one of which fell on the same night as Leonard Cohen at the Beacon Theatre and M Ward at Apollo Theater. This week's war of fancy seated shows I would love to go to comes in the form of two nights of David Byrne at Radio City Music Hall, two nights of Van Morrison performing "Astral Weeks" at the Theater at MSG, and the third option of Grizzly Bear and Final Fantasy with the Brooklyn Philharmonic at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. What are you doing?

Van Morrison also has two shows coming up at the Beacon Theater.

The above picture illustrates David Byrne's intricate tour production. You'll recognize it, white outfits included, if you've seen any pictures from previous shows on the tour.

Video from Antony's show at Town Hall, below...

Cripple And The Starfish


My Sister

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Comments (49)

I'm going home to watch TV tonight.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2009 11:39 AM

David Byrne, yo!

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2009 11:46 AM

Is 8 the time of doors or the show for Grizzly Bear?

Posted by mp77 | February 27, 2009 11:50 AM

that grizzly bear show is sure to be incredible

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2009 11:50 AM

im voting grizzly bear. good question btw, what time is SHOW? I dont want to get stuck in a humongous will-call line and miss the opening band.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2009 11:53 AM

BAM stuff usually starts right at 8. Last night's Bell Orchestre and Clogs thing did.

I wonder if the Grizzly Bear / Final Fantasy thing will have the same set-up... orchestra in back, and both headliners on opposite sides of the stage in front alternating pieces. I liked that....kept it interesting.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2009 11:57 AM

Seeing David Byrne tonight and Final Fanasy - Grizzly Bear tomorrow. Best weekend ever!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2009 12:01 PM

Im going to Van Morrison on Saturday, boyee

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2009 12:01 PM


Clogs Bell Orchestra with Brooklyn Philharmonic show started around 8:10 last night. Expect tomorrows Grizzly Bear Show to start between 8:05 and 8:15. If its done the same way as last night, Final Fantasy Grizzly Bear and the BP could all be sharing the stage with alternating sets.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2009 12:08 PM

Grizzly Bear

Posted by Eduardo | February 27, 2009 12:15 PM

the grizzly bear show was described in nymag as a final fantasy show with grizzly bear as the opener? is this true? not at all how it was initially described.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2009 12:37 PM

"the grizzly bear show was described in nymag as a final fantasy show with grizzly bear as the opener? is this true? not at all how it was initially described"

I am not sure I would trust NY MAG.... Check the venue's website:
http://www.bam.org/view.aspx?pid=715

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2009 12:41 PM

Going to see the legendary Van Morrison tonight!

http://www.vanmorrisonnews.blogspot.com/

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2009 12:45 PM

Last night Clogs/Bell Orchestre/Brooklyn Phil was special, different show with classical music mixed in.
Tomorrow with Grizzly Bear and FF will be their songs with orchestra. And it will rock.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2009 12:51 PM

i have two tickets to the GBear show if you're interested.
(225) 610-2697

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2009 12:52 PM

david byrne

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2009 1:08 PM

BOTH!!! I RULE

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2009 1:15 PM

Van Man.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2009 1:27 PM

anyone know what time david byrne goes on tonight?

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2009 1:33 PM

DB webstite says shows start promptly at time listed (8:00)with no opener

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2009 1:37 PM

David Byrne is supposed to go on around 8:15pm. Doors at 7pm I believe.

Posted by Jonny Greenwood is the man | February 27, 2009 1:37 PM

I'm going to the new Jonas Bros. concert film. Hopefully I can get an eyeful of Taylor Swift's cleavage in IMAX 3D.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2009 1:37 PM

What time does Animal Collective leak the new Grizzly Bear album?

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2009 1:44 PM

david byrne tomorrow night---

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2009 2:02 PM

Grizzly Byrne

Posted by drewo | February 27, 2009 2:10 PM

grizzly bear/ final fantasy

GIVE ME "TWO WEEKS" !!! Orch Style

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2009 2:17 PM

david byrne show is 8 - 10:30.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2009 2:19 PM


Going to david byrne tonight and then grizzly bear tomorrow.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2009 2:22 PM

Going to the secret Daft Punk show in Liberace's Bathtub, the new speak easy located behind Cake Shop. Eat it, suckas.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2009 4:05 PM

Yeah, what is up with Daft Punk? So they took all of 2008 off. The first two months of 2009 are almost past and we have yet to hear anything about them.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2009 4:12 PM

Can you RSVP on Going.com to the secret Daft Punk show or do I need to get there at noon and wait in line for 8 hours?

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2009 4:15 PM

Damn, wish I had the bucks o go to even one of these big shows...If I weren't sick tonight I'd be at the Juana Molina show at LPR- worth a whole lot more than $15.

Posted by laska | February 27, 2009 5:23 PM

Bowie and Paul Simon are playing w. DB tonight. You heard it here first.

Posted by La | February 27, 2009 5:33 PM

"Bowie and Paul Simon are playing w. DB tonight. You heard it here first"

This poster La is a fucking lying tool. You heard it here first although La has probably heard himself been called this many times

Douchebag.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2009 5:59 PM

Yes!! That one. :)

Posted by dion | February 27, 2009 7:34 PM

Two shows also for the Trail of Dead, but not seated of course.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2009 8:13 PM

Went to the MSG Van Morrison show Friday 2/27. Sign on the door said by being there I agreed to be video taped for future VM profit. Also, per insistence of "the artist" no booze was sold. Concert resembled a Promise Keepers rally.

Posted by Brian | February 27, 2009 10:16 PM

veblen

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2009 10:56 PM

david byrne best man ever

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2009 11:58 PM

Come on, Brian, didn't anyone light up?

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2009 11:59 PM

Byrne tonight. What time did he go on last night? Any opener? Thx

Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2009 7:40 AM

so ooooOOOOsooOSOSOSOSOSO excited for grizzly bear tonight.

Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2009 10:12 AM

David Byrne came on at around 8:30. No opener.

Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2009 10:22 AM

setlist?

Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2009 10:42 AM

Byrne played several new songs, I Zimbra, Born Under Punches, Air, Burning Down the House, Take Me to the River, something from Bush of Ghosts, Once in a Lifetime, finished with title track of new album. (this is a bit out of order

Started promptly at 8:15 and kinda made fun of people coming in late/walking around. "The Opening Act is almost done"

Apologized for anyone who bought tickets from "tickets now" (audience booed loudly)and mentioned that there was a class action lawsuit.

3 Encores - in the second he did Burning Down the House in a tutu joined by a chorus line of dancers in white tutus who did a Rockette's kick line across the stage.

He was great, sound was great, great show.

Posted by jacob | February 28, 2009 11:34 AM

what time did byrne start?

Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2009 11:35 AM

uhhh, 8:15, pay attention

Posted by jacob | February 28, 2009 11:56 AM

Byrne was greeted with a returning heroes welcome. I’ve never heard an ovation as deep and long as that following “Houses In Motion” – it seemed to begin in the back of the large hall and move forward till the room was one extended, hearty bravo that resonated for minutes, stunning even Mr. Byrne.

Byrne was onstage at about 8:20 – no flashy intro, in fact, it seemed he needed to kill some time (allowing concertgoers a few extra minutes to get to their seats, a technical delay?) so he rambled on a bit (in somewhat disjointed Byrne style) explaining the musical makeup of the evening. It was interesting that in speaking about his earlier music, he pointedly made sure not to mention the name of his first band – Talking Heads.

The set smartly opened with the new “Strange Overtones” – immediately hooking the audience, and then proceeded with a blend of mostly old, some new, and a few semi-obscurities (from the lp “My Life In The Bush of Ghosts”). When the 3 dancers came onstage for “I Zimbra”, the party really started. Tbe dancers, the choreography, the simple but standard stage uniforms – it was classic theatrical David Byrne – making sure that it was more than just a rock concert – it was a joyous stage show.

At the finale, Byrne, the band, the dancers and an additional chorus line of dozens all flooded the stage – and all wearing tutus! A chorus line of high kicks, followed by bows and waves to the audience, concluded a memorable evening of great musicianship and extraordinary showmanship.


Posted by drewo | February 28, 2009 12:01 PM

The song from Bush of Ghosts was 'Help Me Somebody,' with Byrne and the backup singers taking over the vocals. They also did 'My Big Hands (Fall Through The Cracks).' No megaphone, though.

Set list went something like this:

Strange Overtones
I Zimbra
One Fine Day
Help Me Somebody
Houses In Motion
My Big Nurse
My Big Hands (Fall Through The Cracks)
Heaven
Poor Boy
Life Is Long
The River
Crosseyed and Painless
Born Under Punches
Once In A Lifetime
Life During Wartime
I Feel My Stuff

Enc. 1
Take Me To The River
The Great Curve

Enc. 2
Air
Burning Down The House

Enc. 3
Everything That Happens


I think I might be missing a song -- did he do one off the bonus disc of Everything That Happens, after 'Heaven,' maybe? Not positive about the order, either, but it's very close, I think.

Either way, if you missed last night, get rid of your Grizzly Bear ticket and go tonight, or you're a fool. And I love Grizzly Bear.

Posted by Bronze Medals | February 28, 2009 12:30 PM

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