Walking into the Fillmore to see the Andrew Bird concert, immediately I could see this was going to be an eclectic affair. The setting mimicked Bird’s whimsical style with rotating phonograph horns spinning above a smiling sock-monkey. Bird was casual in demeanor, but throughout the show he shreded so hard and fast with the violin that the bow shedding hairs. He gave the impression that he was doing a regular band practice because at least three times he stop playing saying, “No, no. It seems we [the band members] are all playing different tempos. Let’s try again.” I loved it because it was so sincere how he laughed it off with a quick little smile! Together with his passion and dedication to the perfection of the sound, his talent as a multi-instrumental performer engulfed the hall. Despite any instrumental or technical difficulties, the show ran smoothly fueled by the devoted and energetic crowd, which itself was goofy and entertaining.
Bird played from his new album Break It Yourself as well as some old ones like “Effigy” and my favorite “Anonanimal”. From busting out the string trio of violin, guitar and bass to whistling along while plucking with a loop, the show was tastefully varied and exciting. The amazing experience left me in soaring spirits.