Andrew Bird coming to the Straz Center in Tampa
Call it folk, call it jazz, call it indie rock 'n' roll. Whatever you call it, Andrew Bird's music can be stunning. And it's not just his songs and his voice -- the real highlights of his live shows are his mastery of various instruments (among them the violin, guitar and glockenspiel) and his world-class whistling.
This fall, Bird will bring his signature sound to Tampa for the first time in many years (possibly since Tropical Heatwave 2001? Anyone know if he's been here since then?). He'll perform at Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa on Oct. 9. Tickets start at $32.50, and they'll go onsale at noon Friday. Indie rockers Here We Go Magic will open the show.
Bird's music has an undeniable quirk to it, but it's lushly orchestrated with influences from around the globe. It'll appeal to fans of everyone from Wilco to Norah Jones to Rufus Wainwright to Beck. Heck, the man sang Bein' Green on the recent Muppets tribute The Green Album. And if a personal stamp of approval from Kermit the Frog isn't enough of an endorsement, what is?
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*