While some in the bicycling world may think “bike advocate” when they think of David Byrne, he is also a pretty big deal in the music world. :-) Last night, David Byrne and St. Vincent, along with a brass band, played a sold out show at the Chicago Theatre to promote their new collaborative album, Love this Giant. They are the epitome of cool and the show was as energetic and wonderful as their album.
After the show, I biked into the beautiful Chicago night with my friends. Too bad David Byrne could not join us – I think he would have enjoyed himself!
In Byrne’s 2009 book Bicycle Diaries, he talks of cycling in different cities when he is on tour, so I kept my eyes peeled for him around town all day, to no avail. But I know someone who ran into him Monday in a bike shop – he was buying a basket! I like a man who appreciates a good bike basket.
Here is the first single from Love This Giant, Who. Great song, awesomely weird video. Makes me want to booty dance like David Byrne and stomp my feet like Annie Clark.
I know Trisha plans to see them play in Nashville. Anyone else catching the tour? I highly recommend it!
Do you have tickets to a concert? Consider riding your bike there! Nothing is better after leaving a crowded theater and feeling amped up than jumping on your bike and sailing home in the cool night air. As a bonus, you probably have the streets all to yourself. Just bring your lights and pepper spray.
I experienced this joy Monday night, riding the Lakefront Trail after a Belle and Sebastian show at the Chicago Theater. At nearly midnight, Mr. Dottie and I were the only ones out there on the bike path and there were barely any cars on the streets. My new $5 thrift store skirt managed the bike/work/bike/concert/bike transition very well.
Naturally, I’ve ridden my bike to every concert I’ve seen for the past two years. In addition to the shows I’ve blogged about, there’s been Kate Nash, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Amanda Palmer, Aimee Mann, Ani DiFranco, Meiko, Lucinda Williams, Lilly Allen, Swell Season, Regina Spektor, Sia, Death Cab, She and Him. So now you know my musical tastes and my failure to blog about many outings.
Who else likes to combine bike riding with concerts?