A few months ago I bought tickets for Rodrigo y Gabriella at the State Theatre. I was very psyched to see them because I’d seen some videos online and was super psyched to see their show live. I don’t know when they decided to add an opening act, but about three days ago it was announced that the opener would be Kishi Bashi (this show isn’t even mentioned on his websites tour dates, so it must have been very last minute). But whatever the reason, I nearly whooped ion my seat at work when I saw that he would be the opening act. And I told our friends Liz and Eleanor how excited I was because they were coming to see Rod y Gab with us as well
I’ve been a huge fan of Kishi Bashi’s since I first heard and then saw him on NPR. I was mesmerized by the way he looped his violin and did some beatboxing for drums and basically made a whole band all by himself on stage. I knew that he had been touring with a band this time around, but I was secretly hoping he do at least a few songs by himself.
And man alive was I not disappointed. At the strike of 8, Kishi came out on stage in a pink tuxedo jacket and bowtie. (I have no pictures from the show because I was observing the State Theatre’s no pictures policy, even though I appeared to be the only one observing it). He played some violin improv stuff and then launched into “It All Began with a Burst” a great opening track that allowed him to show off his looping, his voices, his beatboxing and his amazing singing voice. I was rapt from the get go.
He then played “Bittersweet Genesis for Him and Her” from his new album Lighght (named after the Adam Saroyan poem of the same name). This isn’t my favorite song from the new album (probably because it is much less soaring than his others), but I enjoyed the live version quite a lot. Then he went back to his older songs, playing “Atticus, in the Desert” (in New Jersey), which is one of my favorites off his debut. (more…)