Posted in music on March 22, 2011
March 17th Cleveland show setlist (via To Eleven)
"...This wasn't one of those shows where band after band gets up, plays for 1/2 hour, then leaves. The entire Elephant 6 Orchestra was on stage for the whole show, give or take a few members at a time who left to get beer or to just stand and watch. And they looked like they were having fun, which meant that everyone was having fun.That review snippet, like the above-pictured setlist, come from the 3/17 Cleveland show. The Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise Tour hit Brooklyn last night (3/21) at Knitting Factory where they play again tonight before continuing to Manhattan for a Wednesday night show at Le Poisson Rouge. Jeff Mangum was reportedly spotted in the crowd at Knitting Factory, but he didn't perform.
This wasn't just a concert, either. Occasionally, Julian Koster would stop the show to tell surrealist stories about his family (and how they carried dehydrated cities in their mouths as part of a magic trick). At one point, the band took a break so we could watch the Mechanized Organ-Playing Tower, a kind of animatronic puppet that pretended to play a keyboard. And at another point, an audience member was chosen to throw things at an inflatable Snowman. The whole thing might have screamed of "neo-hippy-fest" if it wasn't so genuine.
After solid 4 hours on stage, the band made its way back through the audience while covering Sun Ra's "Enlightenment." Some of us followed the band like they were psychedelic pied pipers heading out the door. And I say us because by the end of the show, it wasn't about how cool anyone was, or whether or not they were seen here. There was a true sense of unity that I've never felt at a show before. We were one audience, and the band was part of "us" too." [To Eleven]
A video of the Elephant 6 Orchestra covering "Let's Get It On" in Cleveland can be watched below...