Wednesday, September 23, 2009

9/24: Sufjan Stevens at Beachland

Posted By on Wed, Sep 23, 2009 at 3:39 PM

Possibly the most interesting and musically talented man toiling in the acoustic indie scene these days, singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens gives one amazing live show. Strapped into butterfly wings and a letterman sweater, the light-eyed multi-instrumentalist reinterprets orchestrated masterpieces from a string of albums that range from his 2001 electronica release, Enjoy Your Rabbit, to Illinois’ banjo twang. Some of the Michigan native’s most high-profile gigs include shows with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra and a recent multimedia project called The BQE that featured a small band, a wind and brass ensemble, strings and hula hoopers — 36 performers in all. Stevens is now cooling off a little on a tour of smaller clubs through the East Coast and Midwest. Relish the twisted beauty of “John Wayne Gacy, Jr.,” a soft piano and guitar ballad about the serial killer, and sing along with the joyous, horn-laden “Chicago” when he plays the Beachland Ballroom (15711 Waterloo Rd., 216.383.1124) at 8 p.m. Cryptasize open. The show is sold out. — Danielle Sills

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