4/24/13…Band Of Horses with Roadkill Ghost Choir @ Stubb’s

Band Of Horses

The time had finally come for me to see Band of Horses.  I had been a fan for several years and had a couple of (missed) opportunities to see them.  But I was NOT going to miss them this time, so help me!!  I was so excited for this show and was initially disappointed to find out that it was supposed to be a really cold night.  The concert was outside!!  But everything turned out perfectly:  the weather, my arrival time, and my location.

My view of the stage upon arrival. 4/24/13

My view of the stage upon arrival. 4/24/13

I got to Stubb’s and took my place close to the stage about 5 minutes before the opening band, Roadkill Ghost Choir, started playing.  I had no idea who this band was.  In fact, I ended up asking two guys nearby who seemed to be fans.  They had to repeat the name about 3 times before I got it, given it is quite an unusual name.  But what they lacked in name choice, they more than made up for in musicality.  They’re quiet, and hard, and lovely all at the same time.  It’s very difficult, in my opinion, to capture these three elements in a manner that makes sense, but they did it very well.  They were, in fact, a perfect lead-in to Band Of Horses, who attain this same wonderful combination of sounds on an even greater scale.  But I’ll get to that.  I liked Roadkill Ghost Choir so much that I’m definitely planning on acquiring some of their available music.  This is one of the songs that stood out to me:

They played about a 30 minute set, maybe less, and warmed up the crowd beautifully for Band of Horses.  I was now READY for them.  Thankfully they did not make us wait very long between sets.  They came on at around 8:30 or so, maybe even earlier and started us off with (how fitting) “The First Song”.  For me, not only was it a pleasure to get to know the band as they played live, but it was great to watch everyone in the audience just light up to their music.  As much as I love this band’s songs, I really didn’t know much about the band members.  Ben Bridwell, the lead singer, was so open to the audience.  I think one of my favorite parts about his stage presence was how he causally hung his arm onto the mic stand, leaning in the direction of the audience.  He just seemed very relaxed and inviting.  You don’t expect this amazing voice to come out of this skinny, tatted up, redneck-looking dude.  He’s GREAT!  All the band members were great.  And for such lovely songs, they really can ROCK.  At some points they had three guitars going at once and it sounded RAD!!!  They jammed.

Toward the beginning of the set Ben mentioned that it was one of their good buddy’s 80th birthdays and they were gonna film us singing happy birthday to him.  Well, the buddy turned out to be Willie Nelson!!  And some guy was on stage filming the audience as we sang “Happy Birthday” to Willie!  I’m pretty sure I was captured on film.  It was so fun!  One very cool thing about Band Of Horses’ shows is that they change up their set list every night.  I was hoping to hear two of my favorite songs and luckily toward the end of their set, one of them “No One’s Gonna Love You” came on.  I had to capture a bit of it.  And here it is, sounding as lovely as ever…

The band really managed to make each song sound even better live.  They’re a five piece band and each guy is multi-talented, playing more than one instrument and singing.  I was so impressed.  And when they hit “The Funeral”, I had to pull out my phone again to record it.  This is another FANTASTIC song:

I was even closer to the stage during this part of the show because of a last-minute surge in the audience.  I didn’t mind. 😉

There was only one minor incident during the show with some stupid guy.  Closer to the middle of the set, this guy had shoved his way past me to get closer to the stage.  He was either really drunk, a really big fan, or both.  I didn’t care at this point because he moved to the side of me, not blocking my view.  But he left from his spot a little while later.  Little did I know that he would be coming back.  He slid up next to me and asked if he could get back to his spot.  I kind of nodded and let him in front of me, thinking he would keep moving over.  But no, he decided to stand right in front of me.  And I’m only 5′ 2 1/2″!  HI!  I’m short.  So I got PISSED!!  After about 30 seconds I tapped him on the shoulder and said, “DUDE, you do realize you’re taller than me, right???!!!”  He was a little shocked and said, “Oh, I’m sorry.  I’m gonna move right now!”  And he did.”  So then I was happy again.  I may be short, but I don’t let people walk all over me.  “The Funeral” was actually the last song in the set, but of course they came back out for an encore.  I was so amused to hear the couple next to me chatting about the encore.  The boyfriend was explaining to his girlfriend what an encore was.  WOW!!  This must’ve been her first show ever.  What a GREAT first show!!  And here is that set list:

I love the cover they ended with.  It showed the band’s versatility both musically and vocally.  Ben sang the SHIT out of it, for sure!!  I’m happy that I finally saw this band perform live.  And I know without a doubt, it will NOT be my last time!!

 

 

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