The Berkeley Art Museum played host to man buns, grizzled bears and tattoo sleeves last Friday for an intimate show with folk artists Devendra Banhart and Andy Cabic. In the vast, concrete art space, Banhart and Cabic played a low-key, sway-inducing set list, encouraging audience members to shout out song suggestions. Hits from the night included Banhart originals “Baby” and “Daniel,” though the duo also played covers, including Bob Dylan’s “Early Morning Rain.” The soft music served as a great background for the laid-back crowd, which consisted of hip couples, artsy students and even babies.
Banhart and Cabic, who are longtime friends and musical collaborators, shared jokes throughout the show — Cabic lightly touched on the fact that Banhart’s songs are notoriously short in length — which further enhanced the intimacy. Though the set was short, Banhart stayed at the museum long after he closed the night with his last song; he sweetly talked to fans (both in English and Spanish), signed autographs and posed for pictures.
Addy Bhasin is the arts editor. Contact her at [email protected].