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Andrew Bird Performance Now! Live Stream

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June 28, 2020 • 5:30 pm PDT


On Sunday, June 28th, what would’ve been Andrew Bird’s headlining KCRW World Festival show, Andrew will be streaming live from the Old Style Guitar Shop in Silver Lake on Sunday, June 28th at 5pm PST. A portion of the proceeds will benefit long time independent venue and promoter partners across the U.S. Tickets are available beginning Thursday, June 17th at 9AM PT.


A note from Andrew…

Bird here. As a rule I prefer to play before I speak, but these are strange times. I’m doing my first live stream concert on Sunday, June the 28th, the day I was supposed to headline the Hollywood Bowl. This will be at Old Style, my favorite guitar shop, a slightly more intimate venue. There will be an audience of Gibsons, Guilds and Gretchs. I assure you, we are working hard to make it of the highest quality and worthy of your time and hard-earned money. Of course it’s no substitute for the communal ritual of attending a show with your fellow citizens, but every time a new medium emerges I only consider doing it when I think there’s something new and interesting that can come of it.

Doing these daily songs on Instagram has been a godsend for me. It still feels like performance, rough and scrappy and true to how I’m feeling that morning. Plowing through my catalogue daily is doing something to my playing that I think will come through in this concert. It also helps me feel some purpose. It helps me feel connected with you in a time when this sacred ritual we share cannot happen. 

I’ve been writing and reading a lot. I’m reading Austerlitz by W.G. Sebald, The Adventures of Augie March for a second time, James Baldwin, Annie Dillard, J.G Ballard, Greil Marcus. I’ve been writing a song about symbols such as walls, flags, guns; these inanimate objects can carry life and death importance for so many people. Without these symbols what is left of one’s identity? Can we imagine a world where art and community are so fulfilling to our populace that we don’t need these symbols anymore? 

We’ve seen a protest movement in Black Lives Matter take shape on a scale we have not really seen since the 60s. It’s truly inspiring. I know many are struggling and so much feels tenuous right now, but there is cause for hope and I hope we can all stay vigilant and active.


Yours in the fight,

Andrew Bird