Where: The Tabernacle- Atlanta, GA
When: April 8, 2010
On the list of things that make me happy, somewhere near the top you might find these three things: having fun, listening to good music and watching white guys dance. Luckily for me I hit the happiness jackpot last week at the Vampire Weekend concert.
The opening band, Abe Vigoda, was a dud to say the least. Understandably, opening bands need to be a little less awesome than the headliner (with the exception of Dirty Projectors, who were much better than their headliner, TV on the Radio) but this was either a bad night for the band or a bad pick on the part of VW. Whatever the case, I found Abe Vigoda to be uninspired, copy-cat versions of whatever 80’s band is on the Pretty in Pink soundtrack. Nothing new or fresh from this band. Sorry, but I am feeling brutal today.
Vampire Weekend on the other hand was just as you would expect them to be: young, energetic and fun. But I think I was most (pleasantly) surprised by how good they sound live; almost the exact vocal quality of their albums. Ezra Koenig breezed through falsetto riffs and didn’t lose a beat on that tongue-twister “Cousins.” And the harmonies were nothing short of pop loveliness.
As for the white boy dance moves, I’ve never seen any better than those of bassist Chris Baio. I could have come to the concert just to see Baio’s moves and I would have left completely satisfied. This boy’s prancing faun-like moves are truly amazing; something to be marveled at.
The band did a nice job of incorporating songs from both Vampire Weekend and Contra into the setlist. Here’s how it went down:
- White Sky
- Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa
- I Stand Corrected
- California English
- Taxi Cab
- One (Blake’s Got A New Face)
- Diplomat’s Son
- Giving Up the Gun
- Oxford Comma
- Mansard Roof
I think the Tabernacle probably oversold tickets to this show which made the viewing a little uncomfortable, but I still had a really good time. I think it’s just humanly impossible to be unhappy when you hear these guys play live. “Fun” just sums it up nicely.
Here are some videos I shot at the concert. Pardon the girl in front of me who insisted on doing her hippie dance throughout the entire concert…what can you do? And if you’d like a laugh, check out my video for “Run” where I bust it about ¾ of the way through. Classic Beth move. Enjoy!
And as always, you can check out more videos from this show and other’s on my YouTube channel.
Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa