Sufjan Stevens At Bowery Ballroom (Show 2 Of 5)

Stereogum | August 21, 2005 - 3:11 pm

The Illinoisemakers put on quite a show last night. Uniforms, pom poms, synchronized cheers, a helmet (inspired by Arcade Fire?), etc…

I was told each of the five sold-out nights at Bowery would have a different theme. Saturday was “Pep Rally Night.” Another night will be “Fake Injury Night.”

The band opened with a cheer before launching into “The 50 States Song.” I don’t have the full setlist, but allegedly Sufjan’s changing it up each night, which is good ’cause I’ll be back on Tuesday. Hopefully that will be “Free Beer” night.

Oh, and I finally figured out why there is a goat on the album cover: read the wiki.