Friday, June 24, 2011

Labbits Listen To: Florence + The Machine

Pipkin went to Boston yesterday to see one of his favorite musicians: Florence + The Machine. Florence Welch is a vocalist and songwriter from London, England, and she tours with a regular line-up of musicians who back her up on keyboards, guitar, bass, percussion, harp and backing vocals. Her music is an eclectic mix of rock, pop and soul, with tribal like drumming and orchestral sounds all mixed in.

Although Pipkin prefers intimate shows at small venues, he enjoyed being at the Bank of America Pavilion, an outdoor tented amphitheater on the waterfront in South Boston. It can seat about 5000, with enough room in the seats to get on your feet and dance.

Pipkin had a seat near the back of the crowd but had a pretty good view when perched up on someone's shoulders. Unless you've got someone tall in front of you (and for Pipkin that's almost always the case) there really isn't a bad seat in the Pavilion. The sound is great, the ocean breeze is refreshing, and if it weren't for the clouds and rain, it'd be magical under the stars and city lights on a warm summer night.

A few crew members climbed up onto the lighting platform and threw t-shirts to the crowd before the show (those little black blurs are t-shirts). Pipkin didn't feel like getting crushed in the mob just for a free t-shirt. Besides, he's a labbit. And labbits don't wear t-shirts.

Not a terrible view from the back, given the size of the amphitheater. You can definitely make out the harp! Florence wore a flowy dress with a large chiffon like shawl on stage so you'd often see her shadow on the tent when she was backlit.

Like so. Pretty cool! Also cool - her backdrop for the song "Cosmic Love".

Pipkin had to get a boost and dance with the crowd during his favorite song, "Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)".  Thanks go to the labbit hearted girl who raised him up! He had a fantastic time at the show and can't wait for Florence + The Machine's next album.

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