Andrew Bird 7/28/17

(a) setlist

  1. Hole in the Ocean Floor
  2. Fiery Crash
  3. A Nervous Tic Motion of the Head to the Left
  4. Tenuousness
  5. Why?
  6. Capsized
  7. Truth Lies Low
  8. Roma Fade
  9. My Sister’s Tiny Hands
  10. Give It Away
  11. Orpheo
  12. Three White Horses
  13. Are You Serious
  14. Valleys of the Young
  15. Pulaski at Night
  16. Darkmatter


  1. Caravan (Duke Ellington cover with Esperanza Spalding)
  2. Fake Palindromes
  3. Tables and Chairs

(b) highlights

  • Andrew Biiiiirrddddd, I love this man
  • I only stayed for the first couple of songs and was grateful to catch “A Nervous Tic Motion of the Head to the Left” – one of my all-time favorite songs
  • the Prospect Park Bandshell is so beautiful and cool, I hope I can go back there for a show

(c) lowlights

  • I didn’t get to stay for the whole show, but I enjoyed the little bit I saw
  • this show was packkkkeddd. like too many people were filling the space, and it bummed me out that tickets were free, but that meant you had to sit behind dozens of rows of rich people who regularly give money to Prospect Park.


(d) overall thoughts

Andrew Bird is an artist I’ve loved for years and I was super psyched for this show. Even though several things went wrong and I couldn’t stay for the whole gig, I loved every moment I got to see.

The Prospect Park Bandshell is a huge and beautiful venue that I can’t believe I haven’t visited before. It was a warm Friday night and the grass was full of families, friends, and food, not to mention, sweet-sounding strings echoing in the night. Andrew Bird’s impeccable whistling, measured violin playing, and ethereal voice lifting through the crowd was enough to give me chills and remind me of all the reasons why I love him.

“A Nervous Tic Motion of the Head to the Left” and “Tenuousness” are some of my all-time favorite Andrew Bird songs and they sounded just as beautiful as I imagined they be. The stage was sparse, but thoughtful lighting, and a giant, rotating gramophone beside Andrew set the scene well. I’m disappointed to have missed “Darkmatter” and “Fake Palindromes” – other favorite tracks of mine – but I’m eager to check out Andrew again in a more traditional theatre setting.


Bottom line: Andrew Bird is nothing short of an artist. The subtlety of his art through strings, voice, and whistling deserves an appropriate stage and I look forward to one day seeing him on one.