Posted in music | pictures | tour dates on January 11, 2011

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo, additional photos and review by Shanda Boyett

Lost In The Trees

North Carolina collective Lost in the Trees played Joe's Pub Friday night (1/7), pulling out all the stops with a theatrical and soulful performance that began softly and built to a joyful crescendo.

Wearing a homemade painted shirt of his own design, frontman Ari Picker tried to engage with the audience at Joe's Pub, which was a little stiff. "How's your food?" he jokingly asked the audience who only murmured in return.

Despite the audience's lack of charisma, the band still brought it. When they played with Plants and Animals at Bowery Ballroom back in June, they punctuated their performance by hopping down into the audience and playing in the round. This time, the drama took the form of an ivory horse carried through the audience at the start of the show while Picker gently crooned "Dead Bird".

Their orchestral folk pop melds complex orchestrations with frontier lyrics about simple pleasures, family dynamics and longing. It's emotional music that is mesmerizing to both listen to and watch. The physicality the band has with their instruments - violin, cello, horns and accordion, among others - is part of the entertainment. Violinist Jenavieve Varga in particular has a muscular style that is hard to look away from.

The group played a few new tunes, as well as favorites from the current album, All Alone in an Empty House. They covered the title song, as well as "Walk Around the Lake", and finished with "Song for the Painter" as one of the encore songs.

In case you weren't able to get tickets to the sold-out show, the group will be back to play Mercury Lounge on February 7th. Tickets go on AMEX presale at noon on 1/12 and go on general sale 48 hours later.

More pictures, including a shot of the setlist, and all tour dates are below.

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Lost In The Trees by Dominick Mastrangelo

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additional photos by Shanda Boyett

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Lost in the Trees - 2011 Tour Dates
Wed Jan 12, 2011 Atlanta, GA The Earl
Thu Jan 13, 2011 Gainesville, FL Common Grounds
Fri Jan 14, 2011 Jacksonville, FL Underbelly
Sat Jan 15, 2011 Orlando, FL The Social
Sun Jan 16, 2011 Fort Lauderdale, FL The Monterey Club
Mon Jan 17, 2011 Ybor City, FL The Orpheum
Tue Jan 18, 2011 Tallahassee, FL Club Downunder
Wed Jan 19, 2011 Charleston, SC The Charleston Pourhouse
Thu Jan 20, 2011 Macon, GA The 567 Butterflies
Fri Jan 21, 2011 Asheville, NC Sage Cafe
Sat Jan 22, 2011 Charlotte, NC Snug Harbor
Fri Jan 28, 2011 Carbondale, IL The Hangar 9 w/ Cheyenne Marie Mize
Sat Jan 29, 2011 Chicago, IL Old Town School of Folk Music w/ Cheyenne Marie Mize
Sun Jan 30, 2011 Columbus, OH Wexner Center
Tue Feb 01, 2011 Woodstock, NY Bearsville Theatre w/ Neko Case
Wed Feb 02, 2011 Providence, RI Lupo's w/ Neko Case
Thu Feb 03, 2011 Boston, MA Wilbur Theatre w/ Neko Case
Fri Feb 04, 2011 Northampton, MA Calvin Theatre
Sat Feb 05, 2011 Westhampton Beach, NY Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
Mon Feb 07, 2011 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
Wed Feb 09, 2011 Washington, DC Black Cat Backstage

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Comments (25)

The guy on the left looks like the guy from Cash Cab?

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2011 11:12 AM

Oh man! I walked out before the camel skeleton had its day.

TIP: Hey next time LOST IN THE TREES have the camel skeleton active during your whole set otherwise some folks will leave.

But hey I'm in the minority here. That place was packed.

Posted by S | January 11, 2011 11:15 AM

are they trying to be arcade fire?

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2011 11:37 AM

brooklynvegan, can i ask you a serious question? what is your affiliation with bowerypresents? i appreciate your notification about all the onsales, but i notice ALL the bowerypresents shows get coverage, whereas other venues don't. i'd like to know. thanks.

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2011 11:41 AM

@11:41 don't you know that brooklyn vegan is a subdivision of bowery presents which is a subdivision of ticketmaster. just a theory. who cares, get over it already.

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2011 11:50 AM

@11:50 interesting theory. BV?

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2011 11:55 AM

Aside from a few ads on the site (totally separate than editorial), I/we have no affiliation with Bowery Presents (or Ticketmaster).

Bowery Presents shows do not get preferred coverage - they just happen to book most of the shows we talk about, but we also skip tons of Bowery shows. Can you find any mention whatsoever of the two shows happening at Mercury tonight anywhere on this site? no.

We post about shows that interest us - period. Lost in the Trees' next show is at Mercury Lounge - so we posted it... just like we posted the announcement that they were playing non-Bowery venue Joe's Pub:
http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2011/01/lost_in_the_tre_3.html
(where the pictures in this post come from)

Posted by brooklynvegan | January 11, 2011 12:29 PM

"bowery presents which is a subdivision of ticketmaster"

...and not that that person was serious, but anyone that follows the news knows that Ticketmaster merged WITH LIVE NATION and therefore is definitely not the parent company of Bowery Presents.

Posted by brooklynvegan | January 11, 2011 12:35 PM

regardless of what BV says, 11:41, you are on to something. What BV "talks about" or is "into" (as well as the bands that make NYC blackout deals with Bowery; i.e. play only Bowery clubs and limit their relationships with other venues so as to maximize exposure when natl. acts come through town at Bowery venues) follows what I now will venture to say (and could be wrong, admittedly) in lock step with this powerful consortium of live music interests--which is starting to operate venues as far north as Vermont and into the midwest.

Bowery might not be affiliated with Ticketmaster or Live Nation on paper, but there ARE in-kind sweetheart deals and preferential treatment is shown to those who play ball (including sites such as BV but also with bands, managers, labels.)

Look at Sharon Van Etten--CD release shows at Rock Shop (a venue co-owned by Bowery Presents ownership; the Skippy Scandal was related to this) and at Mercury. Brooklyn and Manhattan covered by an artist "on the verge"--Bowery Ballroom is "a big room and a stepping stone to larger stages" because it is the last stop of "dues paying" that a local artist sadly MUST take before they "move up." I fear that "not playing ball" with Bowery will hurt an artist much the same as pissing off Live Nation or Tickemaster keeps artists from their fans. And that is also bad for the NYC scene when these issues have to be navigated by artists who simply want to play to the fans who want to see them.

Lots of artists are getting shut out and no one disputes that right now.

BV, I am afraid, is now a part of this new culture of collective interests--primarily caucasian, by the way. Maybe necessary for survival in this economy but the relationship (as well as BV's real identity) should be made clearer.

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2011 1:20 PM

^ BV can do what he wants and doesn't have to cater to you. I take BV for what it is at face value a great source to get concert happenings and reviews in the NYC area.

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2011 1:31 PM

Sadly, 1:20, you don't really a have a club. You have small bits of information that you've used to put together some grand conspiracy theory that's just total nonsense.

Posted by NOT BV | January 11, 2011 1:33 PM

"club" = CLUE.

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2011 1:39 PM

It's funny that this is all over a Lost in the Trees show, especially since the band's last show was at Joe's Pub, and before that at Live Nation's Irving Plaza, and before that they played the Bell House.

Sharon Van Etten sold out Bowery Ballroom. That's exciting. Save your conspiracy theories for the government.

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2011 1:40 PM

" this new culture of collective interests--primarily caucasian, by the way."

LMFAO

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2011 1:46 PM

Bowery Presents was involved in 9/11!

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2011 1:49 PM

1:20 - COOL STORY, BRO.

Wow. Seriously. New culture of collective interests? BV's true identity should be revealed? You make it all sound so sinister. It's a music blog. If you feel that there's some grand conspiracy and people are getting fucked over by it, then do the damn work and start your own blog.

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2011 2:15 PM

thanks for the answer, BV, and again i really do appreciate the heads up for onsales. i just noticed the same venues popping up again and again, and not so much for when tickets go onsale for shows at the Highline, SOB's, Joe's Pub, the Studio at Webster, etc. so i was curious.
it seems understandable that BV might get revenue from ticketmaster for clicks-thru that lead to ticketsales or something, but i wondered if there was more to it.
@1:40--Lost in the Trees are incidental here. they just came in a slew of Mercury announcements and were the one i commented on first.

Posted by 11:41 | January 11, 2011 2:49 PM

BV has been covering Prince a lot lately... I wonder if BV is Prince's new protege. I sense some sort of conspiracy here.

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2011 4:38 PM

"BV might get revenue from ticketmaster for clicks-thru that lead to ticketsales or something"

that is not true either.

Posted by brooklynvegan | January 11, 2011 4:44 PM

11:41 thanks for steering the post off topic. jerk.

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2011 4:47 PM

but you are Prince's new protege... correct?

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2011 4:52 PM

This show was fab! Lost in the Trees played with intensity and humility. As someone that was there, thanks for covering this show - one of the more unique performances I've seen in a long time.

PS: The crowd may have been more muted because this show was part of an arts programming conference. So stodginess was in the air.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2011 11:10 AM

actually we're trying to be Jonsi ;)

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2011 6:02 PM

thank you a lot's man

Posted by دردشة عراقية | February 20, 2011 9:50 PM

News special ^^

Posted by انمي | March 2, 2011 7:12 AM

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