Beirut @ The Guggenheim (7/15/2010)

By Will Oliver, July 16th 2010 — with 1 comment Concert Reviews

Last night I saw Beirut play at the Guggenheim Museum, and what an experience it was. It was the first show for their “Dark Sounds” concert series. I had a great time because there was not a bad spot in the venue to watch the show. You could be on the first floor or the 5th, peering down on the band as they delighted all with their other worldly sounds. The band sounded great, and the atmosphere of the museum was a perfect fit. “Postcards From Italy” was beyond special. I still remember hearing that song for the first time, and all those emotions came back to me when Zach started singing it.

The mixture of beautiful harmonies and brass horns is enough to sweep you off your feet. Beirut are as good as you expect them to be live, if not more.


1. Nantes
2. Mimizan
3. Elephant Gun
4. The Shrew
5. Forks and Knives (La Fête)
6. Scenic World
7. Cherbourg
8. The Concubine
9. The Akara
10. Postcards From Italy
11. East Harlem
12. Mount Wroclai (Idle Days)
13. A Sunday Smile
14. Closing Song

15. The Penalty
16. Carousels
17. The Gulag Orkestar

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  • Tatiana

    Wow, a museum sounds great!
    I saw Beirut first time live at Castro Alves Theather, in Salvador, Brazil, last year. It was an incredible musical experience. The instruments, the voices – ow, really exceptional. But it was a pity that Zach was very drunk, and then the show was shorter than that was planned.
    East Harlem live must be beautiful.

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