Concert 20110511 Beirut

May 11, 2011,
Beirut
Lady Lamb the Beekeeper
@ Rams Head Live!, Baltimore, MD.


Relevant Links:
Beirut (Myspace.com)
Beirut (Facebook.com)
Lady Lamb the Beekeeper Website
Lady Lamb the Beekeeper (Myspace.com)
Lady Lamb the Beekeeper (Facebook.com)

20110511:
I went with two friends and we stood on the second level along the railing. It was far back enough, so that, while we were off center, it still felt like were were watching from straight on. We figured the view from where we were was pretty good, since if we were on the floor, we wouldn't have been in the front next to the stage anyhow. Though we kept in mind that if we came here again, we'd try a different position along the railing that might be better than where we were.

Lady Lamb the Beekeeper made me want to be in California with my electric guitar. While there are artists that I adjust to liking, I immediately loved Lady Lamb's music. It was powerful. Her voice is amazing (and raw).


I actually haven't listened to much Beirut. I've listened a little to their March of the Zapotec/Holland EP (2009). During the concert, I vaguely recognized "The Akara," "The Concubine," and "The Shrew" when they were played. Listening to those three songs at home (20110517), I can say, yes I definitely heard those songs at the concert. Despite not having heard the majority of the songs they played at the concert, I enjoyed their sound. The band uses quite a variety of instruments. Instruments included the accordion, the trumpet, the ukulele, the French horn, the tuba, and the trombone. I occasionally watched the drumming patterns. One setup which had a nice sound was attaching a tambourine above the hi-hat. I can't remember the exact pattern, but it involved alternatively hitting the tambourine and hi-hat. I could be wrong, but I thought the electric bass/upright bass was too high in volume. I certainly felt the vibration of bass notes resonating through my body, at least for some of the songs.

Memorable:
Hearing Lady Lamb the Beekeper (Aly Spaltro).
Zach Condon mumbled something about his mumbling.
There were two girls who each held a lighter in hand over their head for one of the songs. They were down on the first floor with the crowd. They stood out from the crowd because they did a lot of dancing relative to the people around them. I think Condon might have made a comment about them during the concert.


Setlist:
According to www.setlist.fm, they played the following songs:
The Concubine
Elephant Gun
The Shrew
Vagabond
Postcards From Italy
Minizan
Port of Call
Scenic World
Santa Fe
Sunday Smile
The Akara
Nantes
East Harlem
Cherbourg
Encore:
Goshen
Carousels
Mount Wroclai

Drinks:
During the concert, I had a LandShark Lager, a sweet tea vodka and lemonade, and an Old Dominion Oak Barrel Stout.

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