Facebook R&B crooner Mario has been relatively quiet on the music front for…
- Posted on Oct 6th 2009 1:30PM by Ginny Yang
During the performance, the singer also revisited classics from 'Illinois,' 'Michigan' and 'Seven Swans' and charmed the audience by announcing the title of each song followed with the phrase "by Sufjan Stevens." The frontman surrounded himself with a rotating ensemble of backing musicians throughout the night, at times packing the compact stage with 10 extra people. The light-hearted set was marked with plenty of self-deprecating remarks, like "This song is a bit long so feel free to get a drink."
There was even a bizarre performance art piece before the first encore. A young woman in plastic glasses, a neck brace and a fanny pack pretended to be an obsessive fan crashing the stage. She recited a love poem that elicited some chuckles from the crowd -- "You had me at 'Who are you and why are you still here?'" was one of the lines -- but listeners were relieved when Stevens finally reappeared.
"We appreciate your open heart and open ears," the singer told the audience. The band closed the set with another new track entitled 'There's Too Much Love,' a muscular tune punctuated with breathy synths ... by Sufjan Stevens.