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Band of Horses & Grizzly Bear played Williamsburg Waterfront, 6/20/10

June 21, 2010

There was a line for ID check.  There was another line for beer tickets.  There was another line for beer.  There was a designated area where you had to drink the beer.  Once we figured out the system, got the beers, found the one security guard who didn’t care if we left the beer pen to go sit on the grass and drink the beers, everything suddenly became amazing.  The venue’s new sound system was crystal clear, the sun began to set over the Manhattan skyline and a breeze cooled things off.  Grizzly Bear’s chilled-out sounds created the perfect soundtrack for an afternoon of lying around on the grass near the water’s edge with a circle of friends.  They played for about an hour which was just enough. They play Governor’s Island on August 12th (tix).

Band of Horses came on as it began to get dark and proceeded to play an incredible set.  Both the vocals and the music were strong all night and they got better as the night went on.  The running theme of the 2nd half of the set was the band’s fixation on a drunk up front named Andrew.  Ben Bridwell apparently took notice of him and began to work his name into song lyrics time and again (“No one’s gonna love you more than Andrew”).  While this could have gotten annoying, it was done cleverly and was actually quite funny.  When the encore seemed finished, the band stayed on and slowly built an impromptu “Andrew Jam” which included free-style lyrics, swampy bass lines and funky guitars all centered around the name Andrew.  It’s one you need to hear.  If anyone knows of a good recording of this show, please link to it in the comments.  UPDATE: See video in comments. They finished with a stunning version of “Monsters”.  Overall, a beautiful night in Brooklyn that had me leaving with a greater appreciation of both of these bands.  The bar has been set high for NYC summer shows.  Set lists  and more pics after the jump.

Grizzly Bear – And I Was a Boy From School (Hot Chip cover)

Band of Horses – Bartles + James

Grizzly Bear, 6/20/10 @ Williamsburg Waterfront (via BV commenter)

Southern Point
Little Brother
Two Weeks
Ready Able
While You Wait For The Others
On A Neck, On A Spit

Band of Horses, 6/20/10 @ Williamsburg Waterfront (via

Am I A Good Man (Them Two)
The Funeral
Ode To LRC
Wicked Gil
Blue Beard
Thirteen Days (J.J. Cale)
Cigarettes, Wedding Bands
Islands On The Coast
Northwest Apartment
Great Salt Lake
Marry Song
The General Specific


Is There A Ghost
Weed Party
No Ones Gonna Love You

2 Comments leave one →
  1. blackraptor. permalink*
    June 22, 2010 11:52 am

    Thanks to Pete Bolen for sending me this link of the ending of the Andrew Jam -> Monsters -> ending of Bartles + James which ended the encore. Not the best audio quality as it is shot side-stage but decent video especially if you watch it in HD. Look for Andrew at the 5:25 mark, it’s pretty obvious why he was getting called out.

  2. Tori permalink
    June 29, 2010 7:54 pm

    Yeah the Andrew thing got kinda crazy and obnoxious. I went to see Grizzly Bear and I was blown away. Very good show overall.. and the venue was just a DREAM. I fly from North Carolina to see them, and I was really impressed with all three acts. I took some good videos of Grizzly Bear if you want to check them out. We got there early, so we were in the front, which was fantastic, but it would have been nice to have a drink and relax more too (that’s what us diehard fans get I suppose).

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