Kishi Bashi performed at the Ogden Theatre Saturday, January 17, on the first date of Guster’s North American tour. The multi-instrumentalist/singer-songwriter performed his unique style of intricate and intense stringed-solos, layered and looped harmonies and beats, and nearly operatic indie pop with a slice of comedy and bright smiles at every turn.
“Who hasn’t seen Kishi Bashi before?”, he asked the audience. Kishi immediately laughed and shook his head, realizing he just talked about himself in the third person. “File that under ‘lame’.”
Belting out songs from his 2014 album, Lighght, he danced and encouraged the audience to join the jig for “The Ballad of Mr. Steak.,” enthralled ears with soaring vocals that went “to the sky” on “Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It!”, and made the girls scream when “Manchester” popped up on the set list.
Kishi Bashi is always a joy to experience, better living and listening through his chemistry of dopamine delight, talent and laughter. Check him out at a town near you.
Kishi Bashi Tour Dates.
Jan 20 - House of Blues - Anaheim, CA ^
Jan 21 - House of blues - San Diego, CA ^
Jan 22 - House of Blues - Las Vegas, NV ^
Jan 23 - The Depot - Salt Lake City, UT ^
Jan 27 - Neptune Theater - Seattle, WA **
Jan 28 - Aladdin Theater - Portland, OR **
Jan 30 - Palace of Fine Arts - San Francisco, CA **
Jan 31 - Luckman Fine Arts Complex - Los Angeles, CA **
Feb 04 - House of Blues - Houston, TX ^
Feb 05 - Stubb's - Austin, TX ^
Feb 06 - House of Blues - Dallas, TX ^
Feb 07 - House of Blues - New Orleans, LA ^
Feb 09 - Iron City - Birmingham, AL ^
Feb 11 - The Pageant - St. Louis, MO ^
Feb 12 - Cannery Ballroom - Nashville, TN ^
Feb 14 - House of Blues - Lake Buena Vista, FL ^
Feb 17 - Royale - Boston, MA **
Feb 18 - Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA **
Feb 19 - Sixth and I Historic Synagogue - Washington, DC **
Feb 20 - Brooklyn Masonic Temple - Brooklyn, NY **
** = headlining dates with backing string quartet
^ = supporting Guster