David Byrne in Portland, 23-June-2009

David Byrne and band (& a marching band!) came to Portland tonight…  and put on a real Show!  Basically a career highlights retrospective, he mixed recent Byrne/Eno material with well-known songs from the Talking Heads days and afterwards.  He had with him three singers, three dancers, bass, drums, percussion, keyboards.  A big, wide open stage, with everyone in back except for David in front and center.  On most songs dancers would be out with David and the other singers – most fun when one guy hopped right over David mid-song.  Each song had its own feel with the lighting and stage arrangements.  As best I can remember, songs included:

  • ‘Strange Overtones’ & about three others from the latest Byrne/Eno album
  • ‘I Zimbra’
  • ‘Air’
  • ‘My Big Hands’
  • ‘Houses in Motion’ – this one got a huge ovation
  • ‘Heaven’
  • ‘Crosseyed and Painless’
  • ‘Help Me Somebody’
  • ‘Heaven’
  • ‘Born Under Punches’
  • ‘Life During Wartime’


  • ‘Take Me To The River’
  • ‘Once in a Lifetime’ – another huge response

then out came a sexy San Francisco marching band through the audience and onstage to join for:

  • ‘Road to Nowhere’
  • ‘Burning Down the House’

That’s Entertainment!

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  • hairkam  On June 26, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Curt: Can you elaborate on “a sexy San Francisco marching band”? – Harry

    • Curt  On June 26, 2009 at 6:47 pm

      Well, I don’t have any pictures, but let’s just say that both the ladies and gentlemen of the ‘cheering section’ of the band were minimally clad.

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