LMF: Manchester CallingJuly 18th, 2012 at 11:01 am by Kyle Bloom under THRS Live Music
Man, it’s Wednesday already..I feel like the week is flying by and, for me, that’s a rarity. Usually it takes forever to get to this point in the week but this week seems different, probably because of influx of news flooding my inbox and my little involvement in pairing two Live Music Friday alumnus together. Say what? Don’t worry, I’ll share.
If you haven’t heard, The Passion Pit concert Friday night at The NorVA has been postponed due to mental illness to front man Michael Angelakos. This bummed a lot of folks out especially since Norfolk’s own Kishi Bashi was one of the supporting acts and this was to be his first performance at The NorVa. Instead of just scrubbing a Friday date in July, the fine management at The NorVa offered the headlining slot to Kishi which he gladly accepted. Now this is where my little involvement comes in. The news of the postponement came down Monday morning and, with that, the flury of tweets of sadness and disappointment came flowing. While the 140 characters were spurning across the web, Kishi announced that he would still be playing Friday night. This is where I start my shenanigans. Knowing that The Aragona Project are HUGE fans of Kishi, I dropped him a line and asked if he needed a support act and if so, I have one for him. I mentioned that Aragona are a great band, great fans of his and would kill to open up for him. He responded by saying “Cool! I’ll pass it along”. After this, I saw a tweet from AP bassist, Jessica, that said she was bummed about the Pit show being postponed. With a snarky grin, I responded with a “you know Kishi is still playing Friday”. With a “what? where? who’s opening?” tweet, this is what transpired after that:
In a few short hours later, The NorVa announced the Kishi Bashi will be performing Friday with special guest The Aragona Project. This is a MUST SEE show. Kishi is an artist that only comes along once every 100 years. Immensely talented with a sound unlike any other. This is his first headlining show in Norfolk and he’s playing with one of the great up and coming bands in this area. The best part of this is that it’s FREE for all who had tickets to the Passion Pit concert. Just show your ticket and you’re in and the ticket will still be good for the rescheduled Passion Pit show TBA. For those who don’t have a ticket, it’s just $5. 5 bucks!!! Do yourself a favor and get to The NorVa Friday night for a show you will not forget!
While you’re at it, get what is easily the album of the year, Kishi’s 151a. 9 tracks including the single Manchester will change the way you listen to music forever…and that’s a good thing. You can get your very own copy right here.
Along with his show Friday, he just announced a nationwide tour with none other than Bison opening up. The initial dates don’t have a Hampton Roads show but I hear more dates are in the works. Here are the dates so far:
Kishi Bashi with special guest Bison
Aug. 24 – New Orleans
Aug. 25 – Houston
Aug. 26 – Dallas
Aug. 28 – Tucson, AZ
Sept. 3 – San Diego
Sept. 4 – San Francisco
Sept. 6 – Vancouver
Sept. 10 – Salt Lake City
Sept. 11 – Denver
Sept. 13 – Chicago
Sept. 15 – Pittsburgh
Speaking of Bison, they have an announcement they wanted to share:
ANNOUNCEMENT 1: The Bison is an iconic symbol of America, an image of the wild and free character of the land and people. In the late 1800s buffalo hunters had all but eradicated the Bison so that by 1902 the Yellowstone herd was diminished to 23 of the majestic beasts. Among the last of their kind, they represented the power to stand against a formidable foe, the hope to endure unto a greater end, and the vision to move forward. Today we move forward under a different name taken from these great animals:
The Last Bison
Note that our social media including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram has been changed to reflect this name change.
Please share this with your friends so that we get this message across as quickly as possible.
Stay tuned for more information concerning our upcoming tour and the vinyl release of Songs From Quill.
With a new name comes a new album, they just finished the recording part and now will move onto mixing and mastering. No word yet on a release date but I’ll will keep you posted.
That’s all for me today. I’ll catch up with you later this week.