October 29th, 2011
Headed to Austin to see Beirut (http://beirutband.com) at Stubbs
(http://stubbsaustin.com). I didn’t know what to expect with the show. We got up a little bit early to eat
there. Wonderful bar-b-que! Go up and try it sometime when you have a chance.
They also have some AMAZING shows! Cake (http://www.cakemusic.com) and Mutemath
(http://mutemath.com) are both coming there soon.
So after filling up on some yummy Texas food, we moved on down to wait in line for the
show. The line wasn’t too long at this point. It also wasn’t full of the unwashed young masses I was thinking would be there. I wasn’t the oldest! It was a colorful pre Halloween evening full of some really creative costumes. The pedicab
drivers were trying to outdo each other. There was a transgender Adam and Eve,
Slash, a Bobby in basketball shorts. It made the time pass quickly. Wrestled an
ATM Machine (giggle giggle), and waited for the first band to start.
Opening band was called Ramesh (the former front man for Voxtrot ). It was an interesting
concept with the big band. I didn’t really care for them. I can’t tell if it
was the arrogance dripping from the lead singer, the unimaginative and
repetitive lyrics, the repetitive themes in the songs…the 80’s getup of the
lead singer…I don’t know, it just all sort of bugged me. Don’t get me
wrong, I LOVE a goofy off beat band as much as the next person, but I just
didn’t care for them. Below is a sample
I really don’t like giving bad reviews, maybe I just didn’t get it, or because I had a
bad day…nope, I just didn’t see anything redeeming in the whining emo hipster crap spewed from the band.
I went into this show with no expectation really. I figured there would be a lot of hipsters, but maybe some people close to my age that enjoy a different sound. All warmed up by the opening band and knowing what was to come was going to be WAY better, I was excited. By now, you’ve probably figured out that it doesn’t really take much to get me excited when it comes to live music. I had read a little about the band beforehand, and I’ve heard several of their songs on amazon.com. They’re a lot of fun. The best way to describe the music is European folk style music. They have a wonderful mix of instruments (listed below, some unexpected) andthey have a tight set. Below is a nice selection of the bands videos.
This next song is called Nantes and the video is of an impromptu street show. This is what I really enjoy about this band.
And a cool Florance and the Machine cover of the previous song (for grins)
I know that’s a lot of videos but I couldn’t stop posting! I had a lot of fun finding them. Lead singer Zach Condon (originally from Santa Fe, NM) clearly enjoys what he’s doing and been around the world sharing/learning his music. Here is a list of the instruments played by the group, it’s pretty impressive:
- Zach Сondon – trumpet/flugelhorn/ukulele
- Perrin Cloutier – accordion/cello
- Nick Petree – drums/percussion/melodica
- Paul Collins – electric bass/upright bass
- Kelly Pratt – trumpet/french horn/glockenspiel
- Ben Lanz – trombone/tuba
The show was lively and I danced the whole time, it was much better than I had expected
(despite not really having expectations).
This blog kind of ended up all over the place today. The cliff notes version is:
Beirut = fun! go see them
Ramesh = meh, pass
Enjoy the videos and the next blog will be of FUN FUN FUN FEST! So excited!