Bonnie 'Prince' Billy at the Carnegie Lecture Hall
The Warhol’s Sound Series, which started in 2004, features nationally and internationally touring artists, often paired with artists and musicians from the Pittsburgh area. Their latest performer for this series, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, also known as Will Oldham, hits the Carnegie Lecture Hall in Oakland for a performance co-presented with the Carnegie Museum of Art, in conjunction with the exhibition Cory Arcangel: Masters.
For those of you unfamiliar, there’s a chance you might recognize the name from a Hot Chip song, as the indie pop band’s members are fans and even teamed up with Oldham for a re-do of their single “I Feel Better” for a song and video titled “I Feel Bonnie”, which is rather goofy to say the least. Oldham peaked in the early nineties and is known for forging a unique brand of folk that had a huge impact on the indie-folk scene. According to The Warhol, “his highly individualistic approach to music making and the music industry, one that cherishes intimacy, community, mystery, and spontaneity has captivated fans and made Bonnie one of our most influential and beloved song smiths.” This isn’t his first visit to Pittsburgh, as he has played The Rex, Mr. Smalls and The Warhol before.
Oldham’s recent projects include a holiday single “Christmas Eve Can Kill You”, a song he did with friend and frequent collaborator Dawn McCarthy. If you’re all holidayed out, you’ll be delighted by this refreshing take on the season, which focuses on the “tenants of what a pre-capitalist Christmas looks like.” The song also serves as a preview of the “forthcoming full-length record of songs they learned from Everly Brothers records; a project inspired by the songstress’ young daughters’ love of the rhythm and blues duo.” -Drag City. Check it out below.
This performance features Emmett Kelly and Cheyenne Mize, two artists Oldham collaborated with for his 2009 Chijimi EP. Opening the show is Title TK (artist Cory Arcangel, musician and writer Alan Licht, and artist and curator Howie Chen), who according to The Warhol are “self-described as “a banter-prone band” that has been referred to as ‘a cross between David Antin and Spinal Tap'”. Licht recently collaborated with Oldham as the editor for Now Here’s My Plan (EP), Will Oldham on Bonnie “Prince” Billy, a book-length interview on the artist.
Tickets for the Saturday, January 26 performance are $15-$18 and can be purchased here. The show takes place at the Carnegie Lecture Hall in Oakland and doors are at 7, show at 8. If you’d like to learn more about Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, read the Post-Gazette’s recent interview he did with Scott Mervis.