I couldn't resist showing up to Beirut's first NYC show at Knitting Factory last night (May 10, 2006). I wasn't alone...

Beirut @ Knitting Factory

Beirut's bio reads, "Live, he’s used to pushing play on some recordings and marching around onstage with a trumpet. But, for the first time, he’s assembling a band to recreate the melodies in his head live." This show was the nineteen year old frontman's second with a band (the band included Bryan Devendorf of the National on drums). Before this he's only ever played in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and a handful of shows at this year's SXSW festival.

Beirut @ Knitting Factory

Hasn't played many shows, first one in NYC, new band, young....I wasn't expecting a show as beautiful as the songs - and it wasn't. The potential was there though. Crackers United describes it nicely: "The first couple songs of the set didn’t really translate that well on stage due to some first show jitters and trouble getting the ukulele’s tuned and to come over the PA correctly. Throughout the set Condon was busy swapping between his ukelele, trumpet, and vocals. It wasn’t until toward the end of the set, that it seemed like they got things working for them.........Condon already has an excellent album under his belt and I’m sure the live show isn’t too far behind."

Beirut @ Knitting Factory

Beirut @ Knitting Factory

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