Kris Orlowski / The Last Bison

Written by hootenannie on March 21st, 2013

My introversion has taken a beating lately. I’ve been running from one thing to the next, constantly surrounded by people, without any down time – and you introverts know how we need our down time.

But each person I’ve been around has been 100% worth it, and none more so than the 5 guys we had staying at our house for 3 nights this week. My dear friend Mark Isakson plays guitar(s) with singer/songwriter Kris Orlowski, and the band was in Colorado for a few shows. We piled them in every corner of our house, had a couple of late (way fun) nights, and on Monday, saw them open for the Last Bison.

The Last Bison are completely mesmerizing. Billed as “mountain-top chamber music,” these kids create an organized sonic pandemonium, all while dressed like Little House on the Prairie (girls in floor-length calico gowns, guys in brocade vests). They are insane and entertaining and completely worth experiencing.

And Kris’s songs – oh my word. As we left the show, Hannah said, “No one would not like that music.” And it’s true – his voice is gorgeous, his melodies surprising, and the musicianship top notch. In the spirit of Hannah’s comment, I dare you to not like his songs.

The guys are touring with the Last Bison for a few weeks, and if they’re coming through your city, you must go. You MUST. Tell them I sent you and get a free hug*.

March 21 (tonight!) :: Treefort Music Fest – Boise, ID
March 22 :: College of Idaho – Caldwell, ID
March 24, 2013 :: Media Club – Vancouver, BC
March 26 :: Doug Fir – Portland, OR
March 29 :: Rickshaw – San Francisco, CA
March 30 :: The Mint – Los Angeles, CA
April 2 :: The Loft – San Diego, CA

*Not a promise, but… well, no, I bet I could promise it.

6 Comments so far ↓

  1. Mar
    Peg Achterman

    Wait a sec – they are SKIPPING Seattle? That is just uncool – or are WE suddenly uncool? I mean they pass right through – what is that about?

  2. Mar
    jess van deusen

    i was thinking the same thing, peg, but it turns out we missed them!!! :( have just been on the website listening to songs- new fan for sure :) thanks, annie!

  3. Mar

    I like you so much, Annie.

  4. Mar
    jess van deusen

    the last bison are playing at the tractor tonight!!! my friend danielle from va texted me last week and said an awesome va band was going to be in town- so i said i would check them out- the fact that it is the SAME band you saw and loved is just…crazy!! i love it!!!!

  5. Apr
    sarah kate branine

    Oh, darn it! I just missed them– I see the Portland show was a mere week ago! : ( Annie, even though I’ve commented here once or twice before, I don’t know if I have ever officially introduced myself, but I’m Sarah, a friend of Shanna’s. And, I know she thinks you are wonderful, which means you must be : )

    And now I’m off to check out this music! : )

  6. Apr

    I just found this blog from your post on Seed & Water; I’m so glad you have this review on here! I am a writer for a website that covers music and I was having a difficult time deciding if I wanted to go see this band at a festival they’re playing at.

    Now I’ll definitely go!


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