By Marty Lennartz

So as the old show business joke goes, a tourist in New York looking for directions goes up to a man on the street and asks, “Excuse me sir, but how do I get to Carnegie Hall?” The man answers, “Practice, lots of practice.”

Andrew Bird has practiced because last night, he played the legendary Manhattan concert hall where he was joined by Schoolhouse Rock! Composer Bob Dorough, Gabriel Kahane, Shilpa Ray and Chris Thiele.

But really, the Carnegie Hall show is really just a warm up for his three solo Gezelligheid Concerts at the Fourth Presbyterian Church this Wednesday through Friday.

These XRT Shows have become an almost yearly holiday treat that feature Andrew’s incredible violin virtuosity amplified only by his signature Victrola horns. In the past the concerts include experimental works in progress, new songs as well as some old favorites. Last year’s shows debuted a few songs that would appear in his 2016 release “Are You Serious?”

With the church located right on North Michigan Avenue, the concerts provide a bit of quiet sanctuary in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the street outside.

If you’re going to the show for the first time, or if you’re a vet, enjoy this performance of Weather Systems from Andrew’s his 2013 Gezelligheid Concert.


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