The curtain lifts to reveal a naked stage, save for a simple table, chair, and an anatomical model of the human brain.
This is but par for the course when it comes to a David Byrne concert — the legendary Talking Heads frontman and visionary whose Friday night performance at the Fox Theatre was a roving display that jostled the dial between concert, performance art, and a contemporary— albeit indirect — commentary on our collective sedentary pitfalls. David Byrne and company delivered a once-in-a-lifetime performance. No, really.
"Here is a region of abundant details/ Here is a region that is seldom used/ Here is a region that continues living/ Even when the other sections are removed," Byrne sang during the opener of the hour-and-45-minute show — American Utopia's closer "Here" — cradling the brain in one hand, pointing at its arteries and lobes.
Emerging from the three-sided beaded curtain one-by-one, Byrne was joined by his incredibly agile 11-piece band, each in matching grey suits, all barefoot, with not a single stationary instrument in sight. This allowed for everyone to float, stomp, and shimmy freely though within the detailed precision of choreography and the thoughtfully balanced 21-song set, which spanned solo work, Talking Heads hits, and string of special moments that would be foolish to try to explain two-dimensionally. An extension of Byrne’s artistic legacy, his performances are meant to be experienced live and fully alive.
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