Friday, April 20, 2007

Andrew Bird / April 27 / Rialto Theatre

Neo-folk rock violinist Andrew Bird returns to Tucson in concert at the Rialto Theatre on Friday, April 27th, in a show proudly presented by KXCI Community Radio.

Bird is touring in support of his new album Archair Apocrypha, one of KXCI's most played albums last month. Visit "Playlist Search" at KXCI.org to see which of your favorite deejays are spinning his new album.

Tickets are available now at the Rialto box office (740-1000) or at rialtotheatre.com.

Apostle of Hustle opens the show at 8pm. Doors at 7pm for this all ages show.

Chicago singer/songwriter/violinist Andrew Bird updates the traditions of small group swing, German Leider and New Orleans jazz, mixing gypsy, folk and rock elements into his distinctive style. Bird's projects include his group the Bowl of Fire (which also includes drummer Kevin O'Donnell, bassist Josh Hirsch and guitarist Colin Bunn) and performing as an auxiliary member of the Squirrel Nut Zippers; in turn, the Zippers' Katherine Whalen and James Mathus appeared on the Bowl of Fire albums Thrills and Oh! The Grandeur.

Bird has also recorded with artists like Pinetop Seven and Lil' Ed Williams, teaches music at the Old Town School of Folk Music, and performed on the score and soundtrack from the 1999 Tim Robbins film The Cradle Will Rock. His third album, 2001's The Swimming Hour, surprisingly found the Bowl of Fire turning to pop music, and with excellent results. As band members remained active in their various other projects, the band continued and work on a follow-up began in 2002. To tide fans over, Bird self-released a limited edition EP, Fingerlings, which documented live performances of some old and new songs by the band and solo.

Early 2003 brought the release of another LP, Weather Systems, on the independent Grimsey label. Bird debuted on Ani DiFranco's Righteous Babe imprint in 2005 with Andrew Bird & the Mysterious Production of Eggs.

Make plans to join your KXCI fans April 27th at the Rialto Theatre for Andrew Bird.

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