Vampire Weekend Sellout the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn
Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn
June 7, 2019
Photos and review by Tony Vasquez
Vampire Weekend hadn’t performed in Indianapolis since their stop at the Egyptian Room back in 2012. Now on tour in support of their 2019 album Father of the Bride, Vampire Weekend performed for a sold-out audience at the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn this past weekend along with the Los Angeles based Chicano Batman.
The beautiful evening was kicked off with Chicano Batman taking the stage. Their soulful West Coast psychedelia was on full display with their performance of “Freedom is Free” from the self-titled release in 2017.
After a brief set break, Vampire Weekend hit the stage full force with a jammed out version “Sunflower” with Ezra Koenig and Brian Robert Jones dueling back and forth on guitar riffs. It set the tone for a more rock vibe setlist throughout the night.
Their performance included a hand full of covers including a nod to “Parks and Recreation” as the band looped in the television’s theme song seamlessly within “M79.” The tribute to the show’s fictional Pawnee, Indiana and possibly cast member and Koenig’s real-life partner Rashida Jones was a perfectly executed.
Hopefully, after a night of such brilliant musical experimentation and fun, we won’t have to wait another seven years before the band comes back to Indianapolis. Make sure to catch them if they are in your city this summer. For more ticket information click here https://www.vampireweekend.com
Chicano Batman Setlist: Cycles of Existential Rhyme, Jealousy, Flecha al sol, Run, Freedom Is Free, Friendship (Is a Small Boat in a Storm), Black Lipstick, Magma
Vampire Weekend Setlist: Sunflower, Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa, Unbelievers, White Sky, M79 (with Parks and Rec Theme interlude), Bambina, Boston (Ladies of Cambridge), This Life, Run, Unbearably White, 2021, Diplomat’s Son, Harmony Hall, Daine Young, Cousins, A-Punk, Oxford Comma, Jokerman (Bob Dylan cover), Hannah Hunt, The Kids Don’t Stand a Chance Encore: Obvious Bicycle, Big Blue, Pizza Party (L’Homme Run cover – only rapped one verse a cappella), How Long?, Step, Walcott