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 Should I Go See Van Dyke Parks?
Author: breno 
Date:   02-20-12 17:52

Van Dyke Parks is going to be playing at a small (250 capacity) venue in St. Louis in April. I have no clue what kind of show he's going to be doing there, whether it's just him and a piano or with a combo of any sort or what. Has anyone ever seen him live?

It's only $22 and is on a Friday night (very important to my increasingly old and stubbornly set-in-my-ways self), so I'm intrigued, but not sure if I'm intrigued enough to actually go. So if anyone has any info on what a Van Dyke Parks performance would be like, please holler.

Sharon Van Etten & War on Drugs are playing the same venue a week earlier, and I'll definitely be making it to that one, as I will to Zola Jesus this Thursday.

The venue is in an old nunnery, which turns out to be much cooler in theory than it is in practice. I saw the Joy Formidable there last year and it was just another performance space. I was expecting saints and stained glass windows and gargoyles to abound, but it felt more like a grade school gymnasium from the 70s than anything else.

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 Re: Should I Go See Van Dyke Parks?
Author: Michael Toland 
Date:   02-20-12 18:07

I'd probably go if he came here. I'm not a huge fan, but who knows when the opportunity might come along again? He's not big on touring.

Speaking of opportunity, I blew mine to see The War On Drugs a few months ago and have regretted it ever since. Let me know how that show is.

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 Re: Should I Go See Van Dyke Parks?
Author: STEVE 
Date:   02-20-12 22:00

i'd wash dishes to see van dyke parks. please forward me an employment application from the club where he is playing.
thanks brad.



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 Re: Should I Go See Van Dyke Parks?
Author: hoip chiggs 
Date:   02-21-12 09:09

Yes.

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 Re: Should I Go See Van Dyke Parks?
Author: erikalbany 
Date:   02-21-12 09:49

In the words of Bartleby, when it comes to going to see Van Dyke Parks, I would prefer not to.

Talk about an accidental celebrity. He can shove his columnated ruins domino (and the rest of his crappy poetry) where the sun don't shine.

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 Re: Should I Go See Van Dyke Parks?
Author: MrFab 
Date:   02-21-12 12:13

Hey Brad, this should give you an idea - check out a concert of his from 2010 here:

http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/2010/06/van-dyke-parks-wholesome-charm-at-primavera-sound-2010.html

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