Sigur Ros Sweeps The Night Away At Santa Barbara Bowl Performance

Sigur Ros in Santa Barbara. Photo: JB Brookman

The opening weekend of the 2013 Santa Barbara Bowl season, started on a majestic and ethereal note, with Sigur Ros in town.  The Icelandic supergroup sold out the venue, flexing their hipster street cred, between their Coachella performances.

The band’s unique, anthemic, soundtrack sound, reverberated off of the surrounding mountains and drove the coastland faithful, into a trance.  Recently known for their contribution to Cameron Crowe’s film, “We Bought A Zoo,” this band has enraptured the world with their melodic rapture-like sound.  Jónsi Birgisson, Georg Hólm and Ágúst Ævar Gunnarsson are the heart of the vibe.  There are few sounds like lead singer Jonsi’s falsetto voice, which drifts high above the heartbeat of the band’s music.

This was the end of a two day stint of shows, opening the revamped Santa Barbara Bowl.  The best venue in Southern California, just got better- with added food/alcohol vendors and bathrooms, at the top of the ampitheatre.  The overlook features one of the best views, in all of Santa Barbara!  New Order and Johnny Marr were Thursdays initial show and this was a powerful follow-up.  The Bowl will host shows such as Sting and Atoms For Peace, in the coming months.

Jonsi from Sigur Ros. Photo: JB Brookman

Sigur Ros. Photo: JB Brookman

Jonsi, Sigur Ros. Photo: JB Brookman

Sigur Ros. Photo: JB Brookman

Sigur Ros, horn section. Photo: JB Brookman

Sigur Ros. Photo: JB Brookman

Photo: JB Brookman

Sigur Ros. Photo: JB Brookman

Sigur Ros. Photo: JB Brookman

Sigur Ros. Photo: JB Brookman

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