Don’t Miss Andrew Bird’s Return to Minneapolis
What a man of talents. Andrew Bird’s distinctive sound is an infusion of styles like early jazz, country blues, and folk music that he immersed himself in as a teenager. Having started training in the Suzuki method on violin at age four, Bird also has a foundation in classical music, which he learned by ear. Today he’s an internationally celebrated talent factory, known for vocals, instrumental variety, and whistling among other things.
Bird began his public music career with the band Squirrel Nut Zippers. After, he formed the band Bowl of Fire. Years later, he was asked to open for a band in his Chicago hometown. The band wasn’t available, but he was, so he agreed to perform solo. It was a surprising success, and led to his eventual solo career.
Hi list of accomplishments is extraordinary. The First Avenue website says this of his latest:
“In recent years he performed as the Whistling Caruso in Disney’s The Muppets movie, scored the FX series Baskets, and collaborated with inventor Ian Schneller on Sonic Arboretum, an installation that exhibited at New York’s Guggenheim Museum, Boston’s ICA and the MCA Chicago. Bird has been a featured TED Talk presenter, a New York Times Op-Ed contributor, and is an advocate for Everytown for Gun Safety. Additionally, Bird hosts an ongoing Facebook Live series of performances called Live From The Great Room, putting the creative process on display for fans as he performs and converses with friends and collaborators in a candid, intimate setting.”
Your chance to see Bird live at the First Avenue Mainroom is Friday, July 21st at 8 p.m . Tickets are $36. There is street parking and a parking lot at First Ave, but your safest, least expensive option is Park and Shop. There are two ramps within walking distance of First Ave, and they only cost $6 after 4 pm (discount valid all day on Sundays.)