Friday, November 5, 2010

Letter from San Francisco: Breathe Owl Breathe

Hey kids, I'm an Ann Arbor ex-pat guest-posting from San Francisco, Calif. while being jealous that the seasons are changing where you are.

Last week I went to see Breathe Owl Breathe from East Jordan, Mich., play at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco. They have a special talent for encouraging audience participation while avoiding cliche. Maybe it's because they looked like they were having so much fun. Stand out songs were Own Stunts, which was half story-telling, and Dragon, including an audience sing along to the line "how do you stop loving someone?" Those are both off of Magic Central.

At some point they mentioned being from the Northern Lower Peninsula. A good third of the audience yelled approval... there are a lot of Michiganders out here, but I think the Californians were into the show, too. Next time they're playing near Ann Arbor, you should probably check it out (that is, if you haven't already). Also check out their project for kiddos, up for donations on Kickstarter.

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