Tuesday, May 15, 2012: It was a homecoming for The Barr Brothers and the room showed it, locals and friends loitered near the stage and at the green-room door. Kishi Bashi on the other hand is relatively new to town yet still had a throng of young girls (and at least one talkative man) swooning at his every movement.
Bashi was spotted pre-show in the same local pub in which Stabarific and I decided to relax – an ideal shelter from the steady onslaught of a particularly dark and rainy sky.
After drinks we picked up our tickets at will-call and watched the end of the sound check. Shortly before wrapping up, Bashi ran to the back of the room and, after rummaging through his bags, emerged with a small wooden pan flute with which he practiced a few loops prior to exiting the stage. Sadly the flute never made it’s way into his hour long set.
Both bands gave the audience plenty of effort and tried out at least one new song though I didn’t track the setlists. The Barr Brothers made my personal record book under “First Hard Rock Harp Jam” and later introduced a member of the audience, coaxing her on stage to play clarinet for two songs. Overall it was an amazing show, and both bands left with new, devoted fans.
I recommend seeing either and will most likely be watching Kishi Bashi at Great Scott later this year when he plays with a band backing. The Barr Brothers will be on the west coast in August.