Friday, September 27, 2013

Review: Vampire Weekend at Arkansas Music Pavilion

Posted By on Fri, Sep 27, 2013 at 9:28 AM

click to enlarge Vampire Weekend performed at the Arkansas Music Pavilion Wednesday night. - KIM LANE
  • Kim Lane
  • Vampire Weekend performed at the Arkansas Music Pavilion Wednesday night.

Vampire Weekend
s long-awaited stop in Arkansas culminated on a perfect fall night in Fayetteville and drew a hodgepodge of music lovers, from baby-toting picnic blanket dwellers to Hendrix College students proudly sporting satirical “Faux Rush Week” tanks.

The band’s fashionably late arrival grew the anticipation of the crowd, and led to questions of whether the band would play any of their “old stuff” or stick mainly to their more serious and thought-provoking album “Modern Vampires of the City,” released in May. All doubts were powerfully put to rest when the curtain dropped, revealing a floral backdrop of pink and red carnations, an ornate gold mirror suspended in the center of the stage and distressed Greco-Roman columns hanging above the stage on either side. The band opened the show with a crowd favorite, “Cousins,” from their second album “Contra.” They followed with “White Sky,” another favorite from the album. 

“Vampire Weekend is finally in the home of the Hogs,” lead singer Ezra Koenig said at the close of the song. “It’s been a long time comin’. ” They followed their greeting with “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” from their self-titled first album. Vampire Weekend ventured into their newest material with “Unbelievers,” which grapples with eternal questions and religious quandaries, singing, “I’m not excited but should I be?” Any unanswered questions in the crowd were quickly answered by “Holiday,” and Koenig’s confirmation that “to go away on a summer’s day / never seemed so clear.” 

Everyone was in unison with the pleasingly juxtaposing messages, and by the time Vampire sang “Step,” we could all “feel it in [our] bones.” The mixture of foot-stomping and thought-provoking songs continued to be a theme of the show, and Vampire Weekend did anything but shy away from their original sounds, playing "A-Punk," "Boston (Ladies of Cambridge)," "Campus" and "Oxford Comma." Crowd chants of “encore” turned into to a unified hog call.

“You are a great bunch,” Koenig said. The band came back with “Hannah Hunt” for the encore as the floodlights raised to illuminate the American Flag slowly waving at the front of the crowd. “You guys asked for one, but we’re going to give you two,” Koenig said. “It’s been a great time in Arkansas, you guys have been kind. I think we picked the right town in Arkansas to lose our virginity in. I’m sure we’re not the first.” They closed with “Walcott,” an authentic indie-rock favorite from their first album. Clearly, the Ivy League grads gave Arkansas more than the ol’ college try, and the result couldn't have been more genuine.

The full setlist and more photos are on the jump. 

click to enlarge Vampire Weekend at the Arkansas Music Pavilion - KIM LANE
  • Kim Lane
  • Vampire Weekend at the Arkansas Music Pavilion

click to enlarge Vampire Weekend at the Arkansas Music Pavilion - KIM LANE
  • Kim Lane
  • Vampire Weekend at the Arkansas Music Pavilion

click to enlarge Vampire Weekend at the Arkansas Music Pavilion - KIM LANE
  • Kim Lane
  • Vampire Weekend at the Arkansas Music Pavilion

click to enlarge Vampire Weekend at the Arkansas Music Pavilion - KIM LANE
  • Kim Lane
  • Vampire Weekend at the Arkansas Music Pavilion

Set List

1. Cousins

2. White Sky

3. Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa

4. Diane Young

5. Unbelievers

6. Holiday

7. Step

8. Horchata

9. Everlasting Arms

10. Finger Back

11. California English

12. A-Punk

13. Boston (Ladies of Cambridge)

14. Ya-Hey

15. Campus

16. Oxford Comma

17. Giving up the Gun

18. Obvious Bicycle


19. Hannah Hunt

20.  Walcott

Tags: , ,

From the ArkTimes store


Speaking of Vampire Weekend, Arkansas Music Pavilion


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Kim Lane

  • Review: The Avett Brothers, Oct. 16 at Arkansas Music Pavilion

    The Avett Brothers played at the AMP in Fayetteville Tuesday.
    • Oct 17, 2012
  • LR Urban Farming feeds and teaches

    A normal day at the Little Rock Urban Farming's G Street Farm might consist of breakfast being made at 6 a.m. from fresh eggs and garden produce, a flower bed being cleared to make a wedding bouquet, soil being plowed and covered in compost for a new crop, an outdoor walk-in refrigerator being built, vegetables being hung along the rafters of the shed to dry and fresh-picked peaches being peeled and canned while a large pot of fresh tomato sauce is being prepared for the team's dinner.
    • Sep 26, 2012
  • Epiphany, Ferocious to Gambia

    The Times did a Q&A with Little Rock's Epiphany, a regular presence on the Arkansas hip-hop scene for years, about his trip with producer Ferocious to Gambia in Western Africa at the behest of the U.S. Embassy in the capital city of Banjul.
    • Aug 1, 2012
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Live Review: The Polyphonic Spree at Stickyz

    This fall The Polyphonic Spree is celebrating the 15th anniversary of their debut, "The Beginning Stages of ...", with a tour of Europe and North America. The Dallas, Texas band formed in July 2000, born from the sparkling mind of lead vocalist Tim DeLaughter. Tim and his band — a group of about 20 musicians — are currently on tour and performing their entire debut along with other originals and a few surprises. Returning from their stint in Europe, they came through Little Rock with a blazing performance at Stickyz Tuesday night.,
    • Oct 23, 2015
  • Federal judge wants John Goodson to explain class action maneuvering

    A show-cause order filed Monday by federal Judge P.K. Holmes of Fort Smith indicates class action attorney John Goodson has some explaining to do about the move of a class action complaint against an insurance company from federal to state court with an instant pre-packaged settlement that has been criticized as a windfall for Goodson.
    • Dec 22, 2015
  • Judge anticipates punishment of lawyers in Fort Smith class action case

    Federal Judge P.K. Holmes of Fort Smith issued a 32-page ruling yesterday indicating he contemplates punishment of 16 lawyers who moved a class action lawsuit against an insurance company out of his court to a state court in Polk County after a settlement had been worked out.
    • Apr 15, 2016

Most Shared

  • Conspiracy theorists

    Back in 2000, I interviewed Rev. Jerry Falwell on camera in connection with a documentary film of "The Hunting of the President," which Joe Conason and I wrote.
  • The health of a hospital

    The Medicaid expansion helped Baxter County Regional Medical Center survive and thrive, but a federal repeal bill threatens to imperil it and its patients.
  • Virgil, quick come see

    There goes the Robert E. Lee. But the sentiment that built the monument? It's far from gone.
  • Real reform

    Arkansas voters, once perversely skeptical of complicated ballot issues like constitutional amendments, have become almost comical Pollyannas, ratifying the most shocking laws.
  • That modern mercantile: The bARn

    The bARn Mercantile — "the general store for the not so general," its slogan says — will open in the space formerly occupied by Ten Thousand Villages at 301A President Clinton Ave.

Visit Arkansas

Paddling the Fourche Creek Urban Water Trail

Paddling the Fourche Creek Urban Water Trail

Underutilized waterway is a hidden gem in urban Little Rock

Most Recent Comments



© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation