Entries tagged with: Beacon Theater
Spend Samhain with Samhain and then cleanse your soul two days later when His Holiness himself The Dalai Lama will take over the Beacon Theater for two days (not everyone can be the Allman Brothers). The event description reads:
Tibet House US, a non-profit organization that aims to preserve and present the endangered Tibetan culture, will host a two-day teaching by His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama during his visit to New York City on November 3 and 4, 2014. Tickets range from $70-$330. The discourse will take place at the Beacon Theatre over two sessions each day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The teaching is on Profound Wisdom and Vast Compassion: Lama Tsong Khapa's Essence of True Eloquence.Get em before they're gone.
Earlier this year, Gregg Allman said in a Relix interview that The Allman Brothers Band would stop touring by the end of 2014. The band have now announced what will be their final shows, including their previously discussed set at Mountain Jam this month (6/8) and their last-ever Beacon Theatre run (Oct. 21, 22, 24, 25, 27 & 28). The first four are makeup dates for the March shows that they had to postpone due to Gregg's bronchitis. Tickets for those shows are not on sale yet, but will be soon via Ticketmaster.
All of the band's final dates, including their own Peach Festival in Pennsylvania, are listed, with a video of their entire set at the 2010 Peach Festival, below...
Paul Simon at Webster Hall in 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)
Songwriting legend Paul Simon was recently paid tribute to at Carnegie Hall and not long before that played 2 MSG shows w/ Sting. We didn't make it to the actual Carnegie Hall event, but we have pictures from the rehearsal the night before with Bob Mould, John Doe, Josh Ritter and more. The Wall Street Journal was at Carngie Hall though and writes:
After a slow start, perhaps attributable to a string of songs from Simon's early, more somber days, the concert found its footing in a stretch kicked off by Bob Forrest of Thelonious Monster and Gibby Haynes of Butthole Surfers with, of all things, a Ramones-like reading of "Motorcycle," a song Simon wrote in 1962 for Tico and the Triumphs. ("We be the troubled waters under the bridge," Haynes joked.) Isobel Campbell and Vetiver's Andy Cabic's cheery reading of "Born at the Right Time," and "Think Too Much" by TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe and Antibalas's Amayo tapped into Simon's compositional joy, and Brent Dennen's tender "Something So Right" and Dan Wilson's wonderful "Only Living Boy in New York" exposed his thoughtful side.More at the WSJ and at Rolling Stone. Paul also has a few more events coming up this year, including two in NYC, and one not far from here.
First, he'll be back at Carnegie Hall on April 17 performing as part of the 25th Anniversary of the Rainforest Fund Benefit Concert. This one includes his pal Sting too, plus James Taylor, Stephen Stills, Dionne Warwick, Kevin Spacey, Patti Scialfa (E Street Band), Chris Botti, Renée Fleming and more. Tickets ($150 - $600) are on sale now.
A few weeks later, Paul joins Linda and Arthur Carter for NYU's 2014 Vision Awards Gala taking place on May 7 at Beacon Theatre. The award "recognizes individuals whose creativity, passion, and innovative thinking have shaped the American experience." Tickets ($200 - $50,000) are on sale now. More info here.
And it's a bit upstate from NYC, but on August 2 Paul plays the Cooperstown Concert in celebration of The National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum's 75th Anniversary. Also at that show will be former Yankee Bernie Williams (who is also a jazz guitarist) and others. Tickets are on sale and more info is here for what could be a good weekend away if you're into Paul Simon and you or someone you know is a baseball fan.
Watch a video of Paul playing "Sound of Silence" from his BV-presented Webster Hall show in 2011, below...
Rodrigo y Gabriela at Day of the Dead Fest 2012 (more by Rachel Carr)
Mexican acoustic guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela are set to release their new album, 9 Dead Alive, on April 28, which you can preview in the album trailer below. Right after its release, the band will kick off a US tour that begins in NYC on May 1 and 2 at Beacon Theatre. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday, February 7 at 11 AM with a fan club presale starting Wednesday (1/29) (password: "rodgab"). All dates are listed below.
Beth Orton at LPR in July (more by Robert Altman)
Earlier this year, we mentioned that WFUV would be doing their Holiday Cheer benefit at Beacon Theatre, which happens TONIGHT (12/10) with Iron & Wine, Calexico, and Nick Lowe. As if that wasn't already a fantastic lineup of folk/singer-songwriter type stuff, since we last spoke, more great atists were added, including Glen Hansard (The Frames, The Swell Season, Once), Kathleen Edwards, Beth Orton, and Amos Lee. Tickets for tonight's show are still available, but ticketmaster is saying "not many left."
UK singer Beth Orton will also bring her folktronica back to NYC for Lincoln Center's American Songbook series on February 14 in The Allen Room. Tickets for that show are still available. All Beth Orton dates are listed below...
Back in June, we posted the unfortunate news that Sharon Jones was diagnosed with cancer and had to postpone her album and tour. She since underwent a successful surgery, and it's now been announced that her new album, Give the People What They Want, is finally set to drop on January 14. What's more, she's also announced that she'll return to the stage with a hometown show on February 6 at Beacon Theatre. Tickets for the show are not on sale yet, but you can check Ticketmaster for updates. Happy to see you're doing well, Sharon!
Sharon just released the video for the new album's single, "Retreat!," which you can watch below...
photos by Greg Cristman; words by Andrew Frisicano
Steely Dan @ Beacon Theatre 10/1/2013
Around 8pm Thursday night, two guys in red fezzes were finishing their cigarettes, about to head into the third of Steely Dan's seven nights at NYC's Beacon Theatre. Of course, they knew that the band's 1976 album, The Royal Scam, would be played front-to-back, and closing side one would be a mid-tempo funk jam named after the felt hats. Like many Steely Dan tunes, it's a song about sex (condoms and safe-sex in this case) shrouded in various metaphors, riddles and creative turns-of-phrase and has plenty to unpack lyrically, a worthy match for their knotty, chord-jumping, studio-polished arrangements.
After a short opening set by the Deep Blue Organ Trio, a backup singer dropped the needle on an onstage turntable to kick things off. The platter was just a prop, but at times it did seem like an LP could've been playing from the stage. The band's co-leaders--keyboardist-singer Donald Fagan and guitarist Walter Becker--steered a band of 11-members (including four horns and three singers) through the relatively-guitar-forward album. According to Fagan, the hometown gig was the fiftieth of their tour and indeed the group played like a road-honed unit.
The show wasn't strictly an exercise in fidelity: the aforementioned "Fez" got a total overhaul, with backup singers taking the vocals while Fagan and Becker took a break off-stage. Other changes were obvious too: drummer Keith Carlock, a forceful presence all night, bolstered the ending of "Kid Charlemagne" with an energetic fill (the recorded version fades out). Guitarist Jon Herington, who shared lead duties with Walter Becker, played with a crisp, overdriven sound, crunching melodies on songs like "Don't Take Me Alive" and dive-bombing into fret-hopping runs on others. Becker mainly stuck to a twangy Strat tone, playing leads that were exploratory and slightly more left-field (well within his rights as 1/2 of the core duo). Solos stretched out and still the album flew by.
For the second set, the band ventured into classics from various albums: Aja's title track and "Peg," Countdown to Ecstasy's "Bodhisattva," "Your Gold Teeth," "Show Biz Kids" (famously sampled by Super Furry Animals) and "My Old School" and Gaucho's "Time Out of Mind" and "Hey Nineteen" were among the "selected hits." During the latter song, Becker delivered a story about digging up some old pot, smoking it, then venturing out to a bar for some of his favorite restorative tonic, Cuervo Gold. The several times he took the mic the guitarist was conversational, weird and hilarious, playing off Fagan's laid-back straight-man.
Even for a non-diehard like myself (no prop hats here), I felt like the band could've kept playing beyond their two-hour-plus set without losing momentum (absent hits include "Deacon Blues," "Black Cow," "Rikki Don't Lose That Number"). It's a testament to both the depth of their catalog and how well they do it live.
Photos in this post are from Tuesday's show (10/1) which was "Greatest Hits Night." Tonight's Beacon Theatre show features Gaucho in full and tickets are still available, as they are for the remainder of their shows: Saturday (10/5) is "Audience Request Night," Monday (10/7) is "Aja Night" and Tuesday (10/8) is another "Greatest Hits Night." Setlists from Tuesday and Thursday's show, along with more photos from Tuesday, below.
Nas and Rick Ross
Legendary Queens rapper Nas has been making some live appearances this year like Bonnaroo, Governors Ball, and Citi Field, and now he's got what appears to be a one-off happening on November 1 at the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT. Tickets for this rap show in a casino go on sale Friday (9/20) at 9 AM, and are currently on presale.
Another rapper playing that venue is Rick Ross (who also played Gramercy last night [9/17]) on November 16 (tix go on AEG presale Thursday [9/19] at 10 AM). It's part of his tour which also includes a NYC happening at another slightly unconventional venue for hip hop, Beacon Theatre on November 15. This isn't the first rap show to happen at Beacon Theatre but it's nevertheless a left turn from Beacon's usual bookings. TIckets for that show go on sale Friday (9/20) at 11 AM and Internet/VIP Experience presales begin Thursday (9/19) at 11 AM (password: "HUSTLIN"). All tour dates are listed below.
All Rick Ross dates are listed below...
photos by Greg Cristman
Alice Cooper at Beacon Theatre - 7/18/13
Behind all the shock rock makeup and theatrics, Alice Cooper has some undeniable rock classics like "No More Mr. Nice Guy," "I'm Eighteen," "Billion Dollar Babies," "Hey Stoopid," "Feed My Frankenstein," and of course "School's Out" (to name a few), all of which were heard at his hits-filled set at Beacon Theatre last night (7/18). Alice and co. also took a portion of the set for some of the covers they've been known to play, including The Doors' "Break On Through," The Beatles' "Revolution," Jimi Hendrix's "Foxy Lady," and The Who's "My Generation."
Pictures of the elaborate makeup, costume, and boa constrictor filled stage show continue below...
photos by P Squared Photography
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers kicked off their 5-night run at the Beacon Theatre last Monday. They wrapped up on Sunday (5/26). We posted pictures and the setlist of night 1, and pictures of night 2 (5/21) are in this post along with setlists from every night
The setlists have been similar each night, with all five shows kicking off with a cover of The Byrds' "So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star" and including many of Petty's big hits like "Refugee," "Runnin' Down a Dream," "American Girl," and so on. He's also been doing a few other covers each night, including the Grateful Dead's "Friend of the Devil," which you can watch a video of below.
The full setlists for nights 2 through 5, along with more pictures and videos of night 2, below...
As mentioned, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds will release their new album, Push the Sky Away, on February 19 via Bad Seed Ltd. They just revealed the first single off the album, "We No Who U R," and you can stream it below via Rolling Stone.
The band have announced that they'll support the album with a tour with Sharon Van Etten which hits NYC on March 28 and 29 at Beacon Theatre. Tickets for most of the dates go on sale Thursday (12/6) at 10 AM local time but check ticketmaster for exact details on tickets for the Beacon Theatre shows.
A list of all dates and that song stream, below.
Rufus Wainwright, The National, They Might Be Giants, Doveman, Beth Orton, Sam Amidon, and more were scheduled to play this show at Beacon Theater on Tuesday (10/30):
The "Freedom To Love Now!" concert has been postponed due to pending weather conditions. Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets to support this concert, Freedom To Marry, and the fight for the equality for all Americans. With all the goodwill, momentum, and awareness this concert has generated, we are rebuilding the show on a future date, likely in the Spring.Meanwhile, everything today/Monday is cancelled too. Listen to Rufus Wainwright and Sharon Van Etten sing "Baby It's Cold Outside".
You may hold on to your tickets as they will be valid for the rescheduled show. We will notify you with updated details of the new show very soon. Alternatively you may request a refund through TicketMaster at this time.
The battle for marriage equality in the US will be far from over even after this election. And, we hope you'll join us in the future as we continue the fight for social justice with the beauty of music. Our beneficiary organization Freedom to Marry is doing everything possible to support the ballot campaigns in the four states in the last week before the election. You can help by making calls for Mainers United for Marriage and Washington United for Marriage without ever even leaving your couch. Just sign up, and an organizer in Maine or Washington will help get you started. Sign up at these links:
Additionally we will keep you posted on "Freedom To Love Now!" developments and other projects at www.freedomtolovenow.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FreedomToLoveNow
Thank you. And be safe.
Simon Rentner, Brice Rosenbloom, Thomas Bartlett, and the entire "Freedom To Love Now!" Team.
In related news, They Might Be Giants are playing a few New Year's Eve shows in Brooklyn (if we make it through this hurricane).
words by Kelly Pratt; photos by Bryan Murray
David Byrne & St. Vincent @ Beacon Theater 9/25/2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
NY, Philly, Bethesda, on to Nashville
Most of the band live in NY so it's great to come back and spend nearly a week on home turf. The Beacon Theatre is an ideal place for the show, partially because of the large number of balcony seats. The audience in the balcony is able to see the choreography more fully than one would in the first few rows. One song in which this is particularly rewarding is The Forest Awakes. The idea is to move freely, lining yourself up with someone or something on the stage. Therefore the movements in this piece are improvised in a completely different way every night. Another unique aspect of the show is the massive amount of samples, programmed primarily by Daniel Mintseris and triggered and played by him and drummer Brian Wolfe. The brass provide the backbone of the band, but the samples give the songs an electronic edge that take the sound firmly out of "brass band" territory.
Williamsburg Park, 2/29/2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Williamsburg Park is our biggest show of the tour, and turns out to be our best response yet. In my experience NY crowds are among the iciest around, but this one brings the energy. Maybe it's that everyone is standing the whole time or maybe it's the cheaper ticket price bringing out more youngsters. Regardless we all have a great time, and depart NYC with a little sadness.
Our next show is in Bethesda, MD, a suburb of DC, at a large arts center. We arrive early so I make a few phone calls outside, where there are four large black SUVs in a row. I tend to pace around nervously while on the phone, and I can tell that some of the drivers of the caravan are paying attention to me. A few moments later the front door opens and a little girl walks out surrounded by two buff dudes with earpieces. It's one of the Obama daughters. The secret service escort her into the backseat of one of the vehicles and the caravan peels out. It seems like a lot of trouble for a ten-year old's ballet class. A little later we have the best laugh of the tour yet when Bryan tells us his workout routine. Having attempted running outdoors ("I tried running around Prospect Park, but that sucked!"), he now heads down to his basement and runs in place while watching The West Wing for 45 minutes. Whatever works...
Nashville next. See you soon,
David Byrne and St. Vincent play Atlanta, GA tonight (10/3) at the Cobb Energy Center. The rest of their tour dates are here.
The photos you see above are from other recent BrooklynVegan posts. An original set that accompanies this post, by Bryan Murray, can be seen below
photos by Chris La Putt
St. Vincent/David Byrne @ Beacon Theater - 9/25/12
If you've been reading this site at all in the past week or so, you know that David Byrne & St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) recently kicked off their tour together in support of their collaborative album, Love This Giant. We've already posted pics of David and Annie at POP Montreal, where David also performed at the Pop vs Jock halftime show (the tour hit Chicago last week too), and surely you've been keeping up with Kelly Pratt's tour diary of his experiences on the road with David, Annie and co. That tour finally came to NYC last night (9/25) for the first of two Beacon Theater shows, and first of three NYC shows overall this week.
Their tour continues, hitting Beacon Theater again tonight (9/26) and Williamsburg Park on Sunday (9/29). Tickets for both of those shows are still available.
At Beacon, David and Annie were backed by their eight-piece horn section (Kelly Pratt included), and in addition to playing material off of Love This Giant, they spliced in songs from their respective solo careers, and included a few Talking Heads cuts as well. One of the Talking Heads songs they played was "Burning Down the House," which you can watch a video of from last night's show, along with more pictures from the show, below.
Lisa Gerrard of DCD at Beacon Theatre, 8/30/2012
Lisa Gerrard would not be swayed when Dead Can Dance played the Beacon Theater on Wednesday night. Fans shouted her name between songs; she replied only with a serene smile. When she sang, the lyrics were in her own invented language. Dressed in a long black dress and a golden cape, standing before a hammered dulcimer, she was an emanation from earlier times, even though she was flanked by synthesizers....Dead Can Dance completed their round of NYC shows with a second date at Beacon Theater last night (8/30). Much like last night (8/29, pictures), the evening started promptly at 8 (who I missed) with percussionist David Kuckhermann. Dead Can Dance hit the stage around 8:45, closing the evening out near 11 after no less than three encores. The shows, part of a reunion tour that saw the band take to the stages for the first time since 2005, were in celebration of DCD's new LP Anastasis, the focus of the evening.
Dead Can Dance's performance was a string of dirges and incantations. The band largely ignored the more up-tempo parts of its repertory, instead seeking the meditative and otherworldly. And when Ms. Gerrard was singing, that's what it achieved. Her keening, hovering voice can summon the tragic dignity of Baroque opera, the bite and swoop of Balkan music, the calm fatalism of Celtic ballads and the devotionality of plainsong. It was pure, wordless, rapturous sound. -[NYTimes]
More pics from Beacon Theatre are below.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Dead Can Dance at The Beacon Theatre, 8/29/2012
Dead Can Dance played the Beacon Theatre on Wednesday (8/29), their first of two nights at the NYC venue with percussionist David Kuckhermann opening the show. Their 19-song set featured the entirety of their gorgeous new album, Anastasis, with plenty of DCD classics as well, plus a cover of Tim Buckley's "Song to the Siren" (which was most famously done by 4AD all-star group This Mortal Coil which DCD have collaborated with). Dead Can Dance play Beacon Theatre again tonight (8/30) and tickets for tonight's show are still available.
Setlist and more pictures from Wednesday night's show are below.
Crosby, Stills & Nash at Jones Beach in 2010 (photo by Buzz Person)
Clearly two shows in NYC aren't enough for Crosby, Stills & Nash, who have expanded their their previously announced Beacon Theater shows from two to four. Thought tickets are still available for both Beacon Theater dates on October 16th and October 17th, look for the band to play the same space on 10/19 and 10/20. Tickets go on sale on Friday (8/10) at 11AM.
All updated CSN dates are below, along with a couple CSN videos including a collaboration with David Gilmour on the Pink Floyd classic "Shine On You Crazy Diamond."
by Bill Pearis
Why would one pre-order a record? Is there a reason one would do that?My first thought on reading this email David Byrne sent out this morning was, "What are the three records you have on pre-order right now?" As he mentioned, you can pre-order Love This Giant in the physical or digital format of your choice now and get a free download of "Weekend in the Dust." You can also stream the first minute or so of that song at their website too. With that and the previously-released LP-opener, "Who," we're definitely starting to get a feel for what to expect from the album.
Well, one reason is because, like me, you might forget about a record that you're really, really looking forward to. That happens to me fairly often--so I'll either pre-order or put the record in a wish list so I don't forget to buy it. I have at least three records sitting in there right now!
The second reason is that we are offering one of the songs from the album, "Weekend In The Dust", as an advance download, if you pre-order the whole record. This song is not available for immediate download elsewhere--you will only have the opportunity to get the song two months before the record comes out if you pre-order through our site.
On "Weekend in the Dust", I came up with some brass riffs and swells that sounded pretty funky to me. I then sent those to Annie and she wrote a cool vocal melody over it (later she wrote words too). We both arranged her vocal and other elements of the track a bit further--still working with horn samples temporarily. Finally, we passed this one to baritone sax monster Lenny Pickett, ex Tower Of Power and current Borneo Horns and SNL bandleader, for arranging. I'd previously worked with Lenny on a Talking Heads track ("Blind") so I know he is really good at convoluted and funky--and that describes this track pretty well. We recorded the whole band playing it in the studio in Hoboken, which I arrived at one morning in March via bicycle and ferry. Nice!
UPDATE: 4AD's YouTube page has the stream of the full song. Check it out below.
As you may already know, David Byrne and St. Vincent have an upcoming tour together coming up, which includes three NYC shows: two at Beacon Theatre on September 25 and 26 and another at Williamsburg Park on September 29. Tickets to all three shows are still available. All David Byrne & St. Vincent tour dates are listed below.
Jerry Seinfeld has scattered live dates scheduled this summer, in DC, CT, Kansas and elsewhere, and has just announced a multi-borough NYC tour that includes shows in Manhattan, the Bronx, Staten Island, Queens and Brooklyn. Tickets for the Manhattan show at Beacon Theatre show go on "Chase Preferred" and "Internet" presale starting Thursday (7/26) at 11am. General sale for that date and all the other new dates on the tour go on sale Monday (7/30) at 10am. All shows are listed below...
"I am thrilled to announce the record David Byrne and I have made together, Love This Giant. We started our collaboration around the fall of 2009 after being approached by Housing Works to write and perform a night of new music for charity. We decided to center the music around a brass band and began sending ideas back and forth in every form: wordless melodies, melody-less songs. After a while we had enough of a body of work that David, not one to do anything halfway, suggested we record it and put it out. I am very proud of what we created and excited for it to hit your ears." - Annie ClarkDavid Byrne and St. Vincent have long held a mutual appreciation society, having written a song together for the Asphalt Orchestra, and Annie Clark singing on his Imelda Marcos opera, to name two. Well now the two have collaborated on an album, Love This Giant, that will be released via 4AD on September 11. You can download "Who" from the album via a widget below.
The duo will also be touring this fall, including three dates in NYC: September 25 and 26 at Beacon Theater and September 29 at Williamsburg Park. No on-sale info yet for Beacon Theater shows but you can keep checking Ticketmaster. Tickets for Williamsburg Park on sale Friday, June 22 at noon. All David Byrne/St. Vincent dates are below.
The album is said to eschew traditional bass/guitar/drum pop in favor of "idiosyncratic horn arrangements," which were aided by Kelly Pratt of Bright Moments. He'll be leading an eight-piece brass ensemble as part of that tour. More about those arrangements in a statement from David Byrne is below.
In the meantime you can catch Bright Moments on tour with Juxebox the Ghost and Savoir Adore,, which comes to NYC for a sold-out show at Bowery Ballroom on June 22.
All dates are listed below along with that widget...
photos by Joe McCabe
Ben Gibbard @ Beacon Theater - 4/29/12
NYC showed Ben Gibbard and his band Death Cab For Cutie much love during a recent three night run at Beacon Theater. Ben did not return that love in a recent article about baseball stadiums in Rolling Stone. Ben said:
PNC Park is by far the most beautiful park in all of baseball. The place feels so intimate and old-fashioned in all the best ways. I love the design of their out-of-town scoreboard. The views of downtown Pittsburgh and the bridges across the Allegheny River at night are spectacular. You can also buy a gigantic bucket of hot wings there that will stop your heart. The new Yankee stadium is by far the worst I've been to. It might look like the old one from the outside, but inside it's more like a gaudy, Long Island shopping mall than a ballpark. A classic example of what happens when people have too much money and very little taste. Plus, it tends to be full of Yankees fans.Ouch Ben, ouch.
We already posted timely pictures of nights one and two of Death Cab's three-night run (along with news of their continued tour that hits NJ next time). Here is a set of pictures we've been saving, from the third and final night at Beacon with Youth Lagoon. More of them below...
This was announced last month, but I'm admittedly not paying close attention to what is up with Sinead, and just realized it when I saw that tonight's Beacon Theater show was cancelled...
"With enormous regret I must announce that I have to cancel all touring for the year as am very unwell due to bi polar disorder," she revealed in an online message.Feel better Sinead.
The Irish singer added, "So very stupidly I ignored his advice to my great detriment, attempting to be stronger than I actually am."
The 45-year-old vocalist played a few shows earlier this year and was supposed to hit the road again this spring behind her new album, "How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?."
In December, O'Connor announced her split from therapist Barry Herridge after 16 days of marriage. They tried to reconcile, but eventually called it quits in January 2012. [CBS]
by Andrew Sacher
"Saw the beach boys tonight @ the beacon. Wow 50 years and still going strong. Brian wilson,#legend. Uncle Jessie was on the drums.#Fullhouse" - Dan Abramowitz
Beach Boys at Beacon Theater 5/8/12 (via Andrew Kirell)
The Beach Boys, who played Fallon on Monday (5/7), played their first of two Beacon Theater shows last night (5/8) on their 50th Anniversary tour, the first full tour with Brian Wilson on board for a very long time. The set appropriately kicked off with "Do It Again," off 1969's 20/20, before going into a set of their early '60s material including "Surfer Girl," "Don't Back Down," "Wendy," "I Get Around," and a few others.
After a short break, the band returned for a second set which kicked off with a cover of The Mamas & the Papas' "California Dreamin'" and went on to include a handful of cuts from Pet Sounds and others from their late '60s/early '70s period. John Stamos, who sat in on drums for part of the first set (some, like the NYTimes, may say that he overstayed his welcome), sang lead vocals on the Dennis Wilson-written/sung classic "Forever," off 1970's Sunflower. In addition to Pet Sounds cuts like "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "God Only Knows," and "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times," the band played Smiley Smile opener "Heroes and Villains," Holland opener "Sail on, Sailor" and a few more earlier ones like the classic Summer Days singles, "California Girls" and "Help Me, Rhonda," and one of Brian's earliest foreshadowing moments of the personal material he would eventually become known and loved for, "In My Room." The band returned for an encore, which included "Kokomo," "Good Vibrations," and "Fun, Fun, Fun." Some videos and setlist from the show below.
One of the tracks in the Beach Boys' second set was their new single, "That's why God Made the Radio," off the upcoming album of the same name. Its echoing drums and big sax lines make the track reminiscent of something off Holland, with carefree lyrics that bring to mind the band's earlier material. Check out the lyric video for the song below.
The Beach Boys "Do It Again" at Beacon Theater tonight (5/9) and have other upcoming NYC-area shows at Westchester County Center on 5/15, Jones Beach on 6/24, and PNC Banks Arts Center on 6/27.
Video and setlist from last night's show below...
For the better part of 10 minutes Friday night, at his first of two NYC shows, Andrew Bird, he the all-world whistler/musical alchemist, said not a word. Before he was joined on stage by the rest of his band and before laying down his crooning baritone, Bird started his show at the Beacon Theatre flexing his multi-instrumental talent: whistling, tapping out a loop on the xylophone, plucking his violin, looping that. Adding a bit of guitar.
In a review a few years ago, I said Bird was like a mad scientist the way he flutters about the stage pulling all his instruments into gorgeously complex arrangements. And for sure, his aw-shucks demeanor and professorial (some would surely add dreamy) looks - all suits, sport coats, and perpetual five o'clock shadow - affirm this.
When I saw him at Tarrytown in October it was just he and collaborator/drummer Martin Dosh. Bird took his time and was more self-indulgent. And rightfully so.
On Friday, with a full band, Bird seemed more focused and inclined to stay on task as they attacked songs like "Eyeoneye" and "Danse Caribe" (both from his new full-length Break It Yourself) with purpose and ferocity.
When someone in the audience shouted "Measuring Cups!", Bird responded, "We can do that. We hadn't planned to..." And following the song he chipped in, "Happy to oblige."
But it was the old tyme part of the show where the band truly excelled. "What you hear is what we hear," Bird said following "Effigy", which, like songs "Give It Away," and the encore's cover of Townes Van Zandt's "If I Needed You", was performed around a solitary microphone. The songs also featured upright bass, adding to the folksy and, yeah, old tyme feel.
"Action/Adventure" from Weather Systems was also re-introduced. "Hadn't done this one in a long time," Bird admitted, "and never with a full band." All the while Bird waved his hand in the air, wagged his finger around trying to driving home his point like an animated lecturer.
A particularly intense version of "Plasticities" preceded the set closer "Tables and Chairs." "Fake Palindromes" wrapped up the show to a standing ovation.
Canadian singer-songwriter Patrick Watson was the first night opener and is cut from the same cloth as Andrew Bird. His songs build in much the way Bird's do, going from quiet intros to soaring highs, dropping to hushed tones before coming back in. The title track is a good example. But there were no weak spots in this set, "Quiet Crowd," "Into Giants," and particularly "Words In The Fire" all impressed. Watson also pulled his band out from behind their positions to perform around a solo microphone. Bird even paid tribute to Watson during his set saying, "You know you're doing well when you can have openers of that level."
Watson played a 2nd NYC show -an early one, at Manhattan Inn on Saturday, right before Tift Merritt opened for Andrew Bird at the second Beacon show (where Tift joined Andrew on stage to help perform "Lusitania" much like St. Vincent did at Coachella).
More pictures from Friday and the setlist from Saturday, below...
Montreal's Patrick Watson is opening for Andrew Bird on his current tour which hits NYC Friday night (5/4) at Beacon Theatre. (Tift Merrit is opening the Saturday 5/5 show at the same venue.) If you can't make the Friday show or want to see Watson again, he's playing a free show at Brooklyn's Manhattan Inn on Saturday. Doors are at 4:30PM and the show is at 5PM.
The Manhattan Inn show is a release party for his new album Adventures in Your Own Backyard which was released this week, his first for Domino Records. You can stream it on Spotify and watch the video for "Into Giants" below.
After his tour with Andrew Bird wraps up, Watson will go on a headlining tour of the Midwest and West Coast. All tour dates are below.