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On Monday, April 16 my brother and I made our way over to the Fox theater in Pomona to see Bon Iver. The Fox is a great little theater, but I really hate how it’s all General Admission, even if you have a balcony ticket (where there are seats). We ended up getting great seats on the balcony though, so I guess I didn’t mind it too much.
On the way to the show, as is my custom, I was listening to Bon Iver’s “For Emma, Forever Ago” and their self-titled “Bon Iver.” I started to get a little sleepy, to be honest! I was worried the show would be boring but it was anything but. I couldn’t tell you the complete set list but it was an amazing show.
All Tiny Creatures opened the show and did a great job of making me want to pick up their album. Then Bon Iver came out and opened the show with “Perth.” It seemed like all 9 members of the band that night (save the two drummers) played at least two instruments. With so much talent, you know it’s going to be a good show and it was. The music was so full bodied; there was so much layering and harmonizing going on.
I really enjoyed lighting effects they had going on, too. They had these racks with lights at the end of poles set up in two rows on the stage. At times the stage would go dark and these lights would look like fireflies or stars, it was really cool. You can kind of see them in the picture above, but they’re not lit up.
One special moment was when all the musicians except Justin Vernon left the stage and he played an acoustic version of “re: Stacks.” You could hear the entire audience singing along. For the encore the band came back out and Justin had everyone sing along with him. A great show, definitely see them if you get a chance!
On March 23 my brother and I made the trek to downtown Los Angeles’ Orpheum theater to see The Magnetic Fields perform. I was so incredibly excited to see them and they did not disappoint. We got there a little early and grabbed dinner at Urbano Pizza Bar nearby (you can read my review here) and then headed over.
Our seats were kind of laughably far back but like i said in my review of the theatre, it doesn’t really matter too much. It didn’t help with taking pictures though (as you can see!). The opener, Bachelorette, wasn’t that great in my opinion, but my brother thought she was alright. Here is The Magnetic Fields’ set list (I starred my favorites):
Chicken With Its Head Cut Off*
Your Girlfriend’s Face
Come Back From San Francisco*
No One Will Ever Love You
I’ve Run Away to Join the Fairies
Plant White Roses
Drive on Driver
My Husband’s Pied-à-Terre
Time Enough for Rocking When We’re Old
The Horrible Party
Smoke and Mirrors
Going Back to the Country
Andrew in Drag*
Busby Berkeley Dreams
Book of Love*
Fear of Trains
You Must Be Out of Your Mind
It’s Only Time
Smile! No One Cares How You Feel
Forever and a Day
A very generous set and I was thrilled they played “Grand Canyon,” it’s one of my favorites. Claudia and Stephen had an interesting dynamic going; she was very personable and friendly whereas Stephen was more reserved and sometimes cranky. At one point someone requested “I Don’t Want to Get Over You,” to which Stephen replied “I haven’t taken requests in over 20 years.” lol I loved that! I hope they come back to LA soon, I’d love to see them again.
Until I saw the other day that they were scheduled to perform in Los Angeles at the legendary Orpheum Theatre in March. I was so excited, I convinced my brother (my frequent concert buddy) to go along with me and he agreed!
The show is a couple of weeks after my birthday and I can’t think of anything I’d like more than to see one of my favorite bands LIVE. I can’t wait to see them!
Do you like to go to concerts? What was your favorite concert going experience?