Andrew Bird and Calexico and Iron & Wine
About This Event
In response to the recommendations of local, state and global health authorities and mandates by city and state government, our show with Andrew Bird, Calexico and Iron & Wine at the Oxbow RiverStage in Downtown Napa originally scheduled for on Saturday, June 27th is postponed.
We are actively working to reschedule this show to a future time period. We hope to have that information to you soon. If you have purchased tickets for the original date, your tickets will be honored at the rescheduled date. Should you be unable to attend the new date, please go to place of purchase. Please check back to our website, APEConcerts.com, for the latest information and status of the show.
Andrew Bird is a Grammy nominated, internationally acclaimed musician, songwriter and composer who has released fifteen records to date. Recording and touring extensively, Bird has performed around the world at festivals and renowned institutions including Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and Walt Disney Concert Hall. A TED Talks presenter, a New Yorker Festival guest, and an op-ed contributor for the New York Times, Bird will also debut on the cast of Fargo’s forthcoming installment, airing on FX in April of 2020.
Calexico hailing from Tucson, Arizona are an internationally acclaimed musical act whom have enjoyed a 20+ musical career. Known for seamlessly blending elements of world music, film noir and folk songwriting into something whole original and new, Calexico are known as the architects of the “southwest sound”.
Iron & Wine is a four-time Grammy nominated artist from Columbia, SC. Over the course of six official full-length recordings, countless EP’s, singles and collaborations, they have become a bedrock of the indie rock and Americana communities.
2014 was the year The Handsome Family (aka husband and wife Brett and Rennie Sparks) became visible to millions. It was the year the TV show True Detective used her song, “Far From Any Road” as its opening theme. YouTube counts for The Handsome Family’s ‘hit’ song climbed from two million to ten million, twenty million and more. The song was in the top 10 in US and UK Spotify charts and spent months in iTunes top 100 in countries as far-flung as Vietnam, South Africa, and the Ukraine.
For almost as long as they’ve been married (26 years) Brett and Rennie have written songs together (Brett, music; Rennie, words). Their finished work is never fully one or the other’s, but lives in unseen space between them. William Burroughs claimed he walked busy streets without being seen simply by seeing everyone else first. This is similar to the Sparks’ approach to songwriting and why Rennie embraces her power to vanish. You have to willingly disappear in order to write lyrics for someone else’s voice or to write music for someone else’s words. Invisible songwriters are happiest when their songs outshine them, leaving their creators unseen in the dust.
The Sparks have released 10 albums since 1995’s Odessa. Their songs have been covered by countless YouTubers and well-known artists like Jeff Tweedy, Amanda Palmer, Christy Moore, Cerys Matthews and Andrew Bird (who released an entire record of HF covers). Guns ’N Roses used, “Far From Any Road” as stage entrance music for a South American tour and both Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr are fans. Decades into their careers, after winning the TV theme-show jackpot— the Sparks still find their greatest reward in disappearing into new songs.
The Sparks’ music is steeped in the western gothic of New Mexico life. The unseen is powerful here. Nothing rusts, but entire oceans have disappeared. Ski masks mean robberies, but in the slow dive of the sun enormous bugs awaken in thorny yards and unseen sirens and coyotes cry out to the purple sky. Just about anywhere you stand there’s been some blood drawn.
In 2016, The Handsome Family continue to sell out venues worldwide that they couldn’t have filled before TV fame. Live, Brett (guitar/vocals) and Rennie (banjo/bass/ vocals) are joined by drummer Jason Toth (worldwide) and multi-instrumentalist Alex MacMahon (USA). Their shows are full of humor and chit-chat. The Sparks aren’t afraid to reveal their ordinary humanness. The invisible couple is also very happy to be seen.
Napa, CA 94559