Sometimes the worst thing can happen and it turns out for the best. When English musician BANNERS (stage name for performer Mike Nelson) played the Bluebird Theater last month, suddenly the electricity went out… all up and down Colfax. Emergency lights came on – and opener The Brummies bravely started an acoustic set to keep the night going. BANNERS’ manager came out with a bullhorn and asked if we’d like to hear a few songs from the middle of the theater … because when the lights fizzled out completely, we’d have to exit.
Talk about a treat. BANNERS and his bandmates sang pretty a full set just on a guitar and one of their drums, lit only by the crowd’s cell phones. It was really intimate and special. BANNERS told stories about the songs, pretty much endearing himself to all of us for life.
When the electricity popped on, we all let out a groan. BANNERS sang one more song unplugged and then got up on stage and did a whole ‘nother full set electronically. He said, “Well, I feel like we are all best friends now, so it’s weird to be up on stage again.”
He also commented that he should perform acoustically more often and I couldn’t agree more.
BANNERS Acoustic Set
BANNERS Electric Set