Andrew Bird + Joan Shelley

Music, Rock and indie
Andrew Bird
Photograph: Jesse Lirola

Among Chicago's most hallowed holiday traditions are the window displays in the Marshall Fields building, ice skating in Millennium Park and Andrew Bird's intimate concerts at Fourth Presbyterian Church. Each December, the violinist and whistler returns to his hometown for a series of shows that he's dubbed "gezelligheid"—a Dutch word that roughly translates to "cozy." Performing from the church's altar, surrounded by his signature horn speakers, Bird digs into his catalog, tests out new material and collaborates with special guests, drowning out the nearby holiday bustle of Michigan Avenue with soaring string melodies. Kentucky folk singer Joan Shelley opens each of the four shows.

By: Zach Long


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