The Bird and the Bee (Inara George and Greg Kurstin) played not too far from home when they took the stage at the Echoplex in Los Angeles, CA on April 6th. The band has been playing a lot of local dates recently, as this was my third time seeing them this year.
Before the show, I ran into Inara outside the venue and thanked her for the station ID she recorded for the radio station a month or so ago (to hear it, tune into to Sirens of Song Online Radio). I then made a very feeble attempt at small talk, yet she was as gracious as always. Even gave me some ideas of where to eat before the show.
To give a quick rundown of the night, the band opened up with “My Love,” mellowed it out with “How Deep Is Your Love,” and covered Hall & Oates’ “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)” which afterward turned into an on-stage discussion of the song’s title. The hijinks didn’t end there though.
Everyone was in a jovial mood all night, as somehow the topic of condoms came up and Greg commented on how Inara and the band looked like condoms. I have to admit, I love the plastic dresses – what a great look! The background singers – Alex Lilly, Juliette Commagere (who opened the show) and Willow Geer – did a bit of rump shaking, and things got a bit out of hand during “Love Letter to Japan” which had Inara laughing through part of the chorus (see photo below). All in all, it was a fun night for the band and the crowd.