The man, the myth, the musician, Andrew Bird is coming to town and it has created quite a stir among the alternative music community.
His music is a mesh of soft blues, folksy charm, choral, electronic and last but not least those sweet signature whistles.
Andrew Bird will be performing at the Atwood concert hall on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m.
He has been likened to such talents as Iron and Wine, Mumford and Sons and Sufjan Stevens.
Strongly influenced by his love for American and European folk traditions, Bird pulled on smooth blues and jazz when he self-released his first album “Music of hair” in 1996.
Throughout the years his popularity has ebbed and flowed but with the release of his most recent album “Noble Beast” in early 2009, Bird has become a household name.
Local talent Marian Call (a successful musician in her own right) had this to say of Bird in a phone interview with TNL: “He is so inspirational. He has definitely influenced me!
There are a couple of tracks coming out on my new album that while in the creation process I thought “’how can I stretch myself like him? If I could borrow Andrew Birds brain for a little bit, what would I get?’”
The excitement for this performance is spreading like wildfire down the Kenai Peninsula as well:
“Are you kidding me? Andrew Bird is coming?! I am so excited! I am so excited to see him! I would not miss this for the world! When is he coming?!”
said Karen Simpson, a part time student at the Kenai Peninsula branch of UAA (located in Homer).
“A panel of seven students on the board chose Andrew Bird,” said Zac Clark the coordinator of the UAA Concert Board, “Our students have been interested in him for awhile, and Bird was a sell out when he performed at USC, so he now has a strong enough fan base to justify bringing him up.”
The over all cost to bring Bird up is $55,000.00, something the Concert board does not take lightly.
“Our stuff is paid for with student fees, so we want to make sure that we request people that suit the Anchorage venue. It’s a good chunk of our budget, but our goal is to do two big shows this year,” said Clark.
Come expecting great things, with a 90 minute solo performance in the works, this evening is certain to be an intimate one inside the mind of Andrew Bird.
***Mouse graphic for more info*** Tickets for the general public will be $35.00 in advance, and $40.00 at the door, for UAA students the discounted rate of $25.00 in advance and $35.00 at the door, tickets for the general public will be available online at www.centerix.net however student tickets will only be available at the UAA Student Union Information Desk. Ticket sales begin Friday, Sept. 30.