Opening up the show was Twain, a band that we previously mentioned was led by Mt. Davidson. Joining him were two helpers, Peter Pezzimenti & Ken Woodward. The Minneapolis show was special to Twain, as it was their final show with Kishi Bashi. Twain’s new release Sir Kitchen Boy EP came out last year.
From October 14 to October 24, Kishi Bashi will be joined by Busman’s Holiday - featuring two brothers Lewis and Addison Rogers - touring in support of their third LP Popular Cycles (Joyful Noise Recordings).
violin vs banjo
If you didn’t know, Bashi is the founding member of Jupiter One, and former member of incredibly creative band of Montreal. The singer / songwriter can play practically any instrument, but his weapon of choice seemed to be either the violin or the piano.
Bashi, dressed in formal wear, seemed genuinely excited to play for us. He was always smiling and his giddiness was infectious.
Joining Bashi on stage was a full band, including a banjo player, who wound sometime do extended banjo with percussion solos (on ‘Atticus, in the Desert’). Bashi would also sometime have “battle-offs” with the violin vs the banjo.
Too many highlights to mention, for example ‘Bright Whites’ featured and extended flute solo or the solo Bashi song ‘I Am the Antichrist to You’... but obviously the giant red “Mr Steak” himself dancing on ‘The Ballad of Mr. Steak’ was the crowd pleaser.
Remaining Tour Dates
10/16: Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge^
10/18: Seattle, WA @ The Showbox^
10/19: Vancouver, BC @ The Fox Cabaret^
10/20: Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom^
10/21: San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic^
10/22: Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Atrium^
10/23: San Diego, CA @ Irenic^
10/24: Los Angeles, CA @ The Belasco Theater^
10/26: Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress+
10/28: San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger+
10/29: Austin, TX @ Mohawk+
10/30: Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall+
11/1: New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks+
11/2: Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse +
^ w/ Busman's Holiday
+ w/ Laura Gibson
Kishi Bashi at First Avenue, Minneapolis (12 October 2016)