band of horses at pioneer square

I saw Band of Horses perform at Pioneer Square on Sunday night. Pioneer Square is Portland's "living room" right in the center of downtown so this was really special and the venue felt surprisingly cozy since I stood up front like a dorky fan. Though Band of Horses has been around for a while now and their music is widely played, I am honestly not tired of them.


Their live performances are always spot on and the set design this time around was simply fantastic. Christopher Wilson shoots all their photography for the stage backdrops and works as their art director. I love love the effect of all the "lumberjacks" on stage singing with the nature scenery behind them. New fantasy: Move to a little hut in Appalachia! Ben Bridwell wrote this song for his daughter, Annabel and the elk video played in the backdrop while he sang. Ahhh. So sweet.  Here's my really bad camera phone photo of the stage.

As a side note: This concert was on the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11th and it felt reassuringly beautiful, after a morning of watching some of the memorials, to watch Ben sing the lyrics "the world is such a wonderful place", with a huge smile on his face.

Video by Band of Horses/Christopher Wilson and found on You Tube. Bottom snapshot: Chelsea Fuss.


  1. That would have been an amazing show! Saw them in LA and they did an awesome job as always. I heard that Explosions in the Sky recently played in Pioneer Square. That hurt my heart, it would have been such an incredible experience. Beyond words.

  2. I am seeing them play in Seattle tonight! SO EXCITED. For Annabelle is an amazing song – looking forward to hearing No Ones Gonna Love You as well! 🙂

  3. Band of Horses has been my favorite for several years now, but I have not been able to see them live. Last time they came to town, I was within a few days of having my daughter…I should have gone anyway.

  4. Awesome! I was there on Friday for Iron & Wine and then on Saturday for Explosions in the Sky, but had to fly back to New York on Sunday. Looks like it was a great show 🙂

  5. Oh I can’t even play this video! We used that song for the processional at our wedding last month and it started playing as soon as my dad and I saw each other.

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