Andrew Bird

Boarding House Park
40 French Street
Lowell, MA Venue Information
Buy Tickets Saturday July 12, 2014 7:30 PM
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Andrew Bird first picked up a violin at age four and proceeded to spend his formative years soaking up classical repertoire completely by ear. As a teen, Bird mastered the sounds of early jazz, country blues and gypsy music. All these influences still percolate within Bird's brand of pop, but he has established a sound that is distinctly his own.

Since 1997, the Chicago-based composer and multi-instrumentalist has released 11 albums, garnering a devoted following with his early band Bowl of Fire and as a member of the avant-garde swing band the Squirrel Nut Zippers before venturing out with his first solo record, 2003's Weather Systems. It was with this release that Bird began using a looping pedal to combine densely-layered symphonies onstage and revealed his unearthly talent for whistling. He has since played such prestigious venues as New York's Beacon Theater and Carnegie Hall, Bonnaroo, Coachella, the Austin City Limits Festival, the Hollywood Bowl and Bumbershoot; in 2008 Bird had 15,000 fans overflowing from Chicago's Millennium Park for his largest ever headlining performance.

Bird has gone on to record with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band as well as collaborate with inventor Ian Schneller on the Sonic Arboretum installation at New York's Guggenheim Museum and Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art. He has documented his creative process for The New York Times, contributed music to the new Muppets movie and composed his first ever film score for the coming-of-age film Norman.

Bird's most recent recordings are Noble Beast (2009), Break it Yourself (2012), followed by the companion piece Hands of Glory (2012) and the EP I Want to See Pulaski At Night (2013).

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Opening Performance by Jimbo Mathus & the TriState Coalition

Jimbo Mathus is a former member of Squirrel Nut Zippers from the Deep South whose songs embrace the richness of gospel, country, blues and folk music.

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