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ANDREW BIRD- Indie Rock Super Hero and Multi-instrumentalist to Play the Bardavon

  |   May 17, 2011  |  Comment

Dan Smalls Presents, Inc. is proud to announce that indie-rock superhero and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird will perform at the Bardavon in Poughkeepsie on Monday, October 17, 2011 at 8pm.  This concert is part of Bird’s northeast fall tour of community theaters and performing arts centers. Support for the show will be Martin Dosh. Tickets on sale now.

Sometime in 1977, a four-year-old Andrew Bird picked up his first violin at the age of four.  Actually, it is a Cracker Jack box with a ruler taped to it, as the first of his many Suzuki music lessons involve simply bowing to the teacher and going home.  So begins a formative period soaking up classical repertoire completely by ear followed by a teenage expansion into Hungarian Gypsy music, early jazz, country blues, South Indian music and more, as well as the discovery of an uncanny whistling ability.

Fast forward to 1997 when Bird graduates from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in violin performance, and self-releases the Music of Hair album.

Bird began his career in old-time jazz and as violinist for the Squirrel Nut Zippers.  He’s gone on to build an incredible indie-rock career and an amazing live show where he constructs his songs piece by piece solo on stage with layer after layer eventually creating an updated version of recorded products that always eclipse the original.  And he just might be the world’s greatest whistler.

Esquire Magazine wrote, “Bird could be the only performer who’s lit up both Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo with a combination of vocals, violin, guitar, glockenspiel and whistling… he uses centuries-old instrumentation to give depth and soul to folk rock.”

In January 2009 Andrew Bird released Noble Beast on Fat Possum Records. The self-produced album consists of fourteen original songs recorded primarily at the Beech House in Nashville, with additional recording taking place at various Chicago and Minneapolis locations over a period of five months. As usual, Bird handles violin, vocals, whistling, and guitar with back-up from live cohorts Martin Dosh (percussion, looping, keys), Jeremy Ylvisaker (guitar, bass, organ, shortwave) and more recently Mike Lewis, plus a supporting cast including Kelly Hogan, Todd Sickafoose, and the band Loney Dear.

Other albums include Armchair Apocrypha which was released to immediate and widespread acclaim.  Newsweek called it, “… just the right parts darkness and light,” while The New York Times noted “Mr. Bird spins existential doubts into elegant confections.” Armchair Apocrypha went on to sell over 100,000 copies as Bird makes his debuts on The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien. What followed was a triumphant tour culminating in sold out performances at the Beacon Theater in New York and the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles which featured appearances at Coachella, the Austin City Limits festival, the Hollywood Bowl and Bumbershoot, as well as over 100 of his own dates in between, without ever playing the same set–or the same arrangement of any song, for that matter.

Tickets for the Monday, October 17, 8pm Bardavon performance of Andrew Bird are available at the Bardavon Box Office (35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, 845.473.2072), at the Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC) Box Office, (602 Broadway, Kingston, 845.339.6088), and through Ticketmaster (800.745.3000, www.ticketmaster.com). Tickets are $42 Gold Circle, $35 Adults.

For more information please log on to www.bardavon.org and www.andrewbird.net.

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