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Local Natives and Blind Pilot



Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 8pm

Page Auditorium

Thursday, October 6 at 11am

Friday, October 7 at 11am


Limit 2 tickets per customer 


Local Natives are almost too good to be true. Whether by default or design – and they would have to be pretty calculating to have planned it – they have qualities in common with three of the most highly acclaimed American bands of the last few years. They have the rhythmic lightness of Vampire Weekend, the hippie-barbershop harmonies of Fleet Foxes and the sense of the stately and dramatic, elegiac and epic that you get from the music of Arcade Fire. This means that sometimes you might consider Local Natives (is that a tautology or are they just pleased to see us?) to be a little pat, their songs almost too conveniently contemporary in the way that they tick all the boxes; or you might simply be grateful that you're getting the best of three great bands in one neat – hairy, bearded – package.

“…the same distinctly Pacific Northwest mellow of regional progenitors like Death Cab For Cutie and Elliott Smith.” —  The Onion

“…a bright and simple quality that’s undeniably captivating.” — WXPN’s “World Café”

“Soaring, solid genius…their success is all but guaranteed.” — Seattle Weekly
We Are The Tide , the sophomore album from Portland-based band Blind Pilot, was released September 13. The album follows the band’s grassroots debut, 3 Rounds and a Sound , which has garnered them critical attention on NPR, which included them in their “Best Music of 2008” roundup, stating, “a roots-pop duo which bathes its terrific songs in ingratiating harmonies and understated instrumentation. The result…is endlessly engaging: There’s not a dud on 3 Rounds and a Sound, and a ludicrous abundance of replay-worthy ringers.” Moreover, the album also received praise from USA Today, the Boston Globe, the New York Post and the Philadelphia Inquirer, which called the music “…a rustic reverie.” Blind Pilot began in 2007 when Israel Nebeker (vocals, guitar) and Ryan Dobrowski (drums) embarked on a West Coast bicycle tour playing mostly to unfamiliar listeners at small-town venues. The band now exists as a 6-piece ensemble featuring fellow Oregonians Luke Ydstie (upright bass, backing vocals), Kati Claborn (banjo, dulcimer, backing vocals), Ian Krist (vibraphones) and Dave Jorgensen (keyboards, trumpet). In the years since it’s inception, the band has toured with various world-renowned musicians and have appeared at the Sasquatch! Music Festival, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival.

**Please arrive early. Late seating restrictions may be in effect.**