Posted in music | pictures on December 11, 2012

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Andrew Bird @ Riverside Church, 12/10/2012
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Andrew Bird played his first of two "Gezelligheid" shows at Riverside Church in NYC last night (12/10). Many people thought the church was a beautiful location for Andrew's show, and the sound was great too. As usual, Andrew came equipped with his violin, guitar, and giant horns behind him. Though he played most of the show on his own, Tift Merritt and Alan Hampton joined him for a portion of it. Pictures from the show (including one of the setlist, though he didn't stick entirely to it last night) are in this post.

Andrew Bird will do it again at the same venue tonight (12/11) and though last night was sold out, tickets for tonight's show are still available.

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Comments (15)

1) Any openers?
2) What time did the show start?
3) What time did the show end?

Thanks!

Posted by Anonymous | December 11, 2012 11:20 AM

No openers.

They held the show 30 minutes because of the line around the block.

Posted by Anonymous | December 11, 2012 11:21 AM

1121am so 830pm he started? How long did he play for?

Posted by Anonymous | December 11, 2012 11:36 AM

He played for about 90 minutes or so with a 15-minute intermission.

Posted by Anonymous | December 11, 2012 11:40 AM

Unconventional venues always carry risks, but if you were relegated to one of the galleries, you were treated to subtropical conditions. I imagine Riverside Church has a thermostat somewhere. It should have been turned down. I like Andrew Bird a lot. I've seen him several times. I didn't like that the show started late. Logistics were completely fucked; no signs for will call, which happened to be on the other side of the block from the main entrance--something more than a few attendees learned only after waiting in one of the long unmarked lines at the main doors. Even though Ticketmaster sold tickets as general admission, that wasn't really the case. There were nave tickets and gallery tickets--with separate lines for each. Which also were not marked by any signs. Lots of people made it to the front of one line only to be turned away and told they had to go to the back of the other line. Which was quite insane, because both lines fed into the same part of the vestibule. I didn't like sweating through the thirty-minute delay. I didn't like sweating through the thirty-minute intermission. I wasn't terribly taken with the first half of the show, much of which seemed like noodling (I realize he has fans who adore this aspect of his performances), some of which was admittedly unfinished. The second half of the show, in which he played songs from his latest record, was quite lovely. But were those fifty hot minutes of great music worth the $50 price tag? I don't know.

Posted by Anonymous | December 11, 2012 12:56 PM

The show was the very definition of soporific. Precious plucking of the violin + obstinate stripping songs of their melodies and rhythm + extremely warm church environs = one sleepy ass show. I like atmospherics and all, but this was tortuous. But I guess we were supposed to lap it up because it was Serious Music.

Posted by Anonymous | December 11, 2012 1:27 PM

What time did you arrive to get in line before the show?

Posted by Anonymous | December 11, 2012 2:13 PM

The show started just after 8:35. Intermission an hour later for 15 min. Then about another hour after that with slight break before the encore. I got there at 6 and was 7th in line for the nave.

Posted by Anonymous | December 11, 2012 4:55 PM

FANtastic Andrew Bird show... (i've seen plenty over the past ten years)... new songs, old songs, cover songs, solo songs, duo songs, trio songs, electronic manipulation experimentations, straight ahead classical and a complete set of "old timey" songs (his words, not mine... and it seems to be the area he is leaning most lately). I agree that the venue was HoT, but this show was spectacular. Where you sat would definitely have changed your perspective on this one, though. it's a very large church... not a live music venue.

Posted by Anonymous | December 11, 2012 7:16 PM

I was right in the middle row and was freezing... I assume they opened doors for the hot people.

He had trouble playing Effigy so an audience member convinced him to close with Why? instead. He also played Plasticities instead of desperation breeds.

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2012 10:41 AM

Anyone jot down the actual setlist?

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2012 11:25 AM

Great Tift Merritt pix!

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2012 11:34 AM

Did anyone catch the complete setlist from last night (Tuesday 12/11/12)?

Posted by Bob | December 12, 2012 12:01 PM

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