Beirut is dripping—dripping, I tell you—with talent.
Here’s a little taste of their goodness. (AP Photo/Dima Gavrysh)
I was lucky enough to attend the 8-piece band’s show last night where, by the end of the two encores, fans were mock-waltzing (since this generation doesn’t know how to properly waltz) just because the vibe was that upbeat and happy. I know I had a grin on my face.
But let me get back to that talent. These kids were playing every instrument you could imagine: guitar, ukulele, mandolin, violin, stand-up bass, bass guitar, accordion, drums, tenor saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, French horn, a couple of other brass horns I don’t know, xylophone, keyboard, tambourine…and those are just the ones I can remember. One kid in particular, we referred to him as ‘the big guy with the beard,’ played most of the instrumentsâ€”several per songâ€”and traveled the stage according to band placement and sound quality. I was very impressed, to say the least, and I couldn’t help but think of just how proud their parents must be!
And let me just interject here, as a former middle-school clarinetist myself, last night’s show was a clarinet-fest! Yippee! The two opening acts, The Apple Miner Colony and The Bruntettes, both featured that sexy blow-stick. It almost made me want to play again…but I’d much rather listen these days than play.
Although the show was in the lovely Regency Grand Ballroom, there were far too many sound and lighting issues to allow the show to be as amazing as it could have been. I felt terrible for The Brunettes whose set was cut short and marred by sound difficulties. I thought their music was really good, but we only got to hear 3 or 4 songs. And the house lights actually came all the way on twice during Beirut’s set! Unacceptable.
But I really did leave with a smile.