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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Sufjan Stevens at the Buskirk-Chumley

Categories: Live Music

I went to see Sufjan Stevens at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater (www.buskirkchumley.org) on 9/28.  First of all, there is no finer small theater in the country to see a concert.  Built in 1922, the BCT is on the National Register of Historic Places and there's not a bad seat in the house.  It's located just off the downtown square at 114 E. Kirkwood. 

Sufjan was wonderful.  He tours about once every 100 years or so and I know people came from as far away as Maryland to see this show.  There was a line 3 blocks long to get in the door.  I want to call it a cult-like or almost religious following.  You could have heard a pin drop between songs as the crowd waited for the next one to start.  He played several new yet-to-be released songs, stuff from Seven Swans, Illinois and Michigan and probably others, I'm not sure.  My girlfriend (photo below courtesy of Rachael Jones Crouch) is way into him and was blown away by his performances of "Jacksonville" and "John Wayne Gacy" from the Illinois record.  She sang every word with him as much of the crowd did.  Sufjan is an artist.  I don't know what else to call him.  He can play any instrument and words just don't do justice to the wall of sound or beautiful musical noise he was was creating on stage.  www.sufjan.com.


Mike McAfee

Mike McAfee

The Executive Director of Visit Bloomington, Mike blogs primarily about outdoor recreation and live music.