Beirut is making a stop at The Palace Theatre in Saint Paul on Saturday, February 23rd. This is definitely a show you don’t want to miss!
If you haven’t heard of Beirut, you are truly missing out. His new album Gallipoli instantly became a classic for fans both old and new.
“Gallipoli started, in my mind, when I finally had my old Farfisa organ shipped to New York from my parent’s home in Santa Fe, NM. I acquired the organ from my first job at the CCA; the local foreign film theater and gallery space. A traveling circus’ keyboard player (not a joke) had left it in the warehouse after certain keys and functions of the organ had broken down and stopped working. I spent the next three years writing every song I could possibly squeeze out of it.”- Zach Condon
Beirut is an American band which was originally the solo musical project of Santa Fe native Zach Condon. Beirut’s music combines elements of indie-rock and world music. The band’s first performance was in New York, in May 2006, to support its debut album, Gulag Orkestar.
Condon named the band after Lebanon’s capital, because of the city’s history of conflict and as a place where cultures collide. Beirut performed in Lebanon for the first time in 2014, at the Byblos International Festival.
Helado Negro will be opening up the show. A South Florida native, born to Ecuadorian immigrants and based in Brooklyn, Roberto Carlos Lange’s upbringing provides essential elements to his songwriting, including his consistently bilingual — English and Spanish — lyrics. While citing the influence of electro and Miami-bass he heard on the radio in his youth, his diverse work as Helado Negro points to shades of kraut rock bathed in his mesmerizing rhythms, loops and hair-raising melodies. Known for his craftsmanship, Lange has cultured his identity, ideology and musical dexterity with constant artistic and introspective development, pouring his heart and full sincerity into his music.
Beirut has partnered with PLUS1 so that $1 from every ticket will go to support Buffalo String Works, a community-based nonprofit organization that fosters hope and compassion through high-quality music instruction for refugee children arriving from nations including Syria, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Thailand, Sudan, and Somalia.
Tickets are still available here.
Remaining Tour Dates:
Feb. 15 – Upper Darby, PA – Tower Theatre
Feb. 16 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
Feb. 18 – Montreal, QC – MTELUS
Feb. 19 – Toronto, ON – Sony Centre
Feb. 21 – Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theatre
Feb. 22 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre
Feb. 23 – St. Paul, MN – Palace Theatre
Feb. 26 – Vancouver, BC – Orpheum Theatre
Feb. 27 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre
Feb. 28 – Portland, OR – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
March 2 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
March 5 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern