Concerts Concerts Band Of Horses Woo Toronto With Surprise Show

Band Of Horses Woo Toronto With Surprise Show

Band Of Horses at Horseshoe Tavern
Band Of Horses
Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, Ontario
May 11, 2010

Photos and Review by: Pete Nema

With Band Of Horses all set to hit the stage during the Toronto Island Concert on Saturday June 19th, their surprise show at the Horseshoe Tavern on Tuesday provided Toronto with a bit of a warm-up.

In June, they will be playing along-side of Pavement and Broken Social Scene to a considerably larger crowd, so it was not a surprise to see that even with the last minute nature of this show, by the time the band hit the stage somewhere around 11:30pm, the Horseshoe was at capacity — just four short hours after the surprise show was announced (and probably only five hours after it was decided they would even do it).

In no way did Band Of Horses play a flawless set on Tuesday, but what the audience got to experience was a group of great musicians in a free and somewhat loose performance with a very up-close and personal feel to it. The band included covers by Gram Parsons, JJ Cale, as well as The Replacements, along with lots of new material from their upcoming May 18th release, Infinite Arms. Not all of their equipment was functioning perfectly, but Ben Bridwell (vocals, guitar) brushed it off and he and the other band members managed to create the kind of mood that can only originate at a venue with so much rock history in the walls, like The Horseshoe.

After playing a single-song encore, they handed out full bottles of Labatt 50 to the fans at the stage. You had me at free show, but now free beer? Band Of Horses will be continue to be welcomed with open arms anytime they want to return to Toronto.

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