Last Saturday, the St. Vincent show at Outland presented by Benco was cancelled minutes before doors were to open. On her twitter account, Annie wrote (several tweets merged):
Good people of Columbus: Very bad news. The show tonight has been canceled. The promoter failed to provide us with a working PA. The crew & I worked for hours to try and make it work, but in the end, the sound equipment provided was not functional. I am so sorry. Tickets will be refunded. Please know we were there working hard to try and make it happen, but in the end we all suffered due to negligence on the part of The promoter. Next time you will get the show you deserve, good people. With a working PA. Many apologies and many thanks. -Annie & bandcrew
In regards to the St. Vincent/ Wildbirds & Peacedrums show that was to be held at Outland on Liberty on Saturday, February 20th, BenCo Presents would like to extend a formal apology to the public who bought tickets and showed up to the venue that evening.
We would like to take this chance to provide an explanation for why the show did not occur. The sound system at Outland, while on paper was agreed upon in advance by all parties to be adequate, at the time of soundcheck did not meet St. Vincent’s requirements. As soon as we discovered the problem with the PA, both BenCo and Outland staff worked diligently to remedy it.
However, time constraints led to the cancellation of the show.
Rest assured that steps have been taken to resolve any sound issues and the problem is currently being fixed. We do not expect any further problems and future shows at Outland on Liberty will go on without any hinderances.
If you have not been refunded for tickets that were purchased for the show you may still do so at the point of sale.
There are no plans to reschedule at this time.
Outland on Liberty would like to apologize and BenCo Presents would again like to apologize for any inconveniences this may have caused the fans of St. Vincent. We thank you for your continued support in bringing great music to Columbus and look forward to seeing everyone out at other shows in the near future.
Thank you for your patience.
Kind regards and sincerest apologies,
2010 is the fifth anniversary of this festival founded by The National’s Bryce Dessner, who still serves as the artistic director. Pretty solid lineup this year. Here’s the details from the website:
The festival opens Tuesday, March 30th with arresting harpist and songwriter Joanna Newsom. Wednesday, March 31st, St. Vincent, led by composer, singer and guitar virtuoso Annie Clark, will present works from their widely acclaimed latest release, Actor, as well as new works venturing deeper into chamber arranging and composition. The same evening yMusic, will premiere the festival commission written by Clark. Inventive vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Justin Vernon, best known for his work with Bon Iver, presents a rare solo concert to close the festival April 1st. All concerts will be held at the beautiful and historic Memorial Hall. Tickets are on-sale now, via the web and by phone 1-800-838-3600. Single concert tickets are $20; a festival pass for all three concerts is $50.
Annie Clark has played Columbus a number of times in the past couple of years. I fell in love with Ms. Clark while watching her perform with the Polyphonic Spree at SXSW a few years ago but somehow have managed to miss every one of her St.Vincent shows. Time for that to change. Tour dates below.
2/3 Victoria, BC Element
2/4 Vancouver, BC Venue
2/5 Seattle, WA Neumos
2/6 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge (2 shows, 6pm + 10pm)
2/8 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
2/9 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theater
2/10 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Taverm
2/11 Phoenix, AZ Rhythm Room
2/13 Denver, CO The Bluebird Theater
2/15 Lawrence, KS Bottleneck
2/16 Iowa City, IA The Industry
2/17 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall
2/18 Chicago, IL Metro
2/19 Pontiac, MI The Pike Room at The Crofoot 2/20 Columbus, OH Outland on Liberty
2/21 Pittsburgh, PA Diesel Club
2/23 Charlottesville, VA Jefferson Theater
2/24 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
2/25 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church – Sanctuary
I remember the first time I heard the name Andrew Bird. Though I’m somewhat ashamed to admit this, it was Friday, April 13th, 2007. (Yes, the last time he played the Southern Theatre.) The sweetly meek Chicagoan happened to be one of the faces I was serving at a restaurant that afternoon. I had no idea of the talent sitting in front of me and was honestly just happy he was polite and low-maintenance.
Two years later…
With the melodies still reverberating through my head a full week after the his Wexner Center show at the Southern, it’s safe to say the sold-out show was worth it’s equivocal weight in musical gold. (And I officially feel stupid.) Between the consistently eloquent tone of his lyrics and his equally impressive skill as a one-man ensemble, Bird himself proved to be a Noble Beast. His endearing awkwardness in small-talk between songs filled the theater with a charm that was inescapable. Bird encored with St. Vincent and covered Bob Dylan’s “Oh Sister,” which was a true treat.
Opener St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) played an electric set that primed the anticipatory mood of the evening. Clark is touring on her newest album, Actor, which is a mature progression from the last. (I’ve found it impossible to stop listening to either.) She somehow managed to juggle a perfectly rosy demeanor with some bad-ass guitar playing in a way only someone who had once been in a 23-piece band could.
Both acts continue separate tours through the end of the year.
Annie Clark really likes to have pictures taken of her face. She also released her second full-length this year, Actor, under the St. Vincent moniker. With it, she has sufficiently distanced herself from being just another graduate of Sufjan’s touring ensemble.
What I remember most from the last time St. Vincent played the Wex is Clark’s guitar prowess. The girl can shred. If you would like to see said shredding, we’ve got a pair of tickets to give away to St. Vincent’s Wexner Center show with Andrew Bird at the Southern Theatre. To enter the contest, send a blank e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject ST VINCENT. Winners will be randomly chosen on Friday, Oct. 16. You can also purchase tickets here.
UPDATE: According to the Wexner Center: “There are no tickets currently available for the show. Be sure to follow us on twitter, @wexarts, for updates on any tickets that may be released as the show approaches.” More reason to enter the contest…
Over on Who Killed the Mixtape?, Nick has posted an MP3 from an EP by Annie Clark (aka St Vincent) before she reached a wider audience.
Before She opened for Sufjan, or toured as a member of the Polyphonic Spree, Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent) was a student crafting her skills at Berklee School of Music. I recently came across a 3 song EP that Clark self-released in 2003 titled ‘Ratsliveonnoevilstar’ (all one word [I believe] – it’s a palindrome – read the same from back to front). Other Berklee students back her on the release, including jazz bassist Mark Kelley and drummer Walker Adams. (full story & download)