At this point pretty much everything to be said about Bhi Bhiman is out there. It’s been just over a year since he stole our hearts at SxSw 2011, and now he’s winning fans and critical praise from coast to coast for his new album, Bhiman. I have written about him five times now, and though you may tire of hearing about him, singing his praises will never get old to me.
Sunday night was his third show in Chicago since October and the second I’ve seen. Last time he was in town he played Park West, a rather large venue. It was nice to see him in a more intimate setting. The songs that he writes are best enjoyed when there isn’t twenty feet between the stage and the first seats.
I won’t go in to too much since I’ve said it already. I got a couple videos from the show, and the audio came out really good. So instead of me telling you how great it was, you can see it/hear it for yourself.
This first song is called “It’s Cold Outside”
And you may know this one already: “Guttersnipe,” the lead single off of Bhiman. Bhi had members of Rosie Thomas’ band join him and I think it sounds great.
I didn’t write down the setlist, but here’s what I remember:
It’s Cold Outside
Eye On You
Crime Of Passion
Take What I’m Given
Of those songs, “Ballerina” and “Crime Of Passion” got the best crowd reactions. They both have some comedic elements, so that’s no surprise.
After the show we were treated to a nice long chat with Bhi in the bar. He proved himself once again to be one hell of a nice guy. Many people came up to him while we talked and let him know how much they enjoyed his set. If you had been there, you’d be saying the same.