Kris Orlowski / The Last Bison


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.



  1. Peg Achterman on March 21, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    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. jess van deusen on March 21, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    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. Carmen on March 22, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    I like you so much, Annie.

  4. jess van deusen on March 23, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    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. sarah kate branine on April 1, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    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. Michelle on April 10, 2013 at 8:09 AM

    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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