Band of Horses
North Charleston Performing Arts Center
The Band of Horses' Friday night show at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center began with a touching moment. Lead singer Ben Bridwell carried his daughter on stage — dressed for Halloween in a cute ladybug costume complete with matching headphones — and sang "For Annabelle" to her. The adorable serenade set the tone for a night that felt very much like a homecoming. Once his little girl was safely backstage, Bridwell and the Band embarked on a rocking set (delivered with a palpable sense of gratitude) to the capacity crowd.
The lighting was simple and effective, but the real highlight was the photography projected on a huge backdrop behind the band, which focused on beautiful natural imagery, primarily from the Lowcountry. At one point, a fast-moving montage played clips of the band from tour stops around the country that visually highlighted just how far Band of Horses has come. But they showed no signs of road weariness.
The Horses played a strong sampling of songs from all three albums, making good on their promise in a pre-show interview to give both recent and long-time fans exactly what they wanted to hear. During the three-song encore, Bridwell and guitarist Tyler Ramsey sang a hauntingly beautiful version of "Evening Kitchen," one of the standouts of the night, which should convert anyone who wasn't as big a fan of Infinite Arms as the band's previous albums.
They closed the show with a cover of Cee-Lo's "Georgia," which for Bridwell is essentially a tribute to his beloved Georgia Bulldogs. He justified the song to the members of the Gamecock nation in the house by saying, "Y'all need us to beat Florida tomorrow."
Despite Bridwell's undying love for an SEC college football rival and the band's formation in Seattle, Band of Horses solidified their connection to Charleston with this memorable show.