On October 1st, the fan-favorite funk act Vulfpeck continued their European tour at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre, kicking off a two-night run in Ireland’s capital ahead of this weekend’s two-night tour closer in London. During the performance, the band offered up the live debuts of both “Grandma” off 2017’s Mr. Finish Line and “Lost My Treble Long Ago”, a recent single from mid-September that was released when the group announced their new album, Hill Climber, due out in December. However, the surprises at the Dublin show didn’t stop there, as the band welcoming out Lake Street Dive bassist Bridget Kearney during a take on “Beastly”.
Following the group’s ‘TED Talk”, which saw frontman Jack Stratton hyping up the crowd with a hilariously dry and straightfaced seminar, the band moved into “Back Pocket”, giving bassist Joe Dart time to truly move into the spotlight with the song’s now-famed bassline. From there, Vulfpeck quickly moved into “Beastly”, with Joe Dart continuing to propel the song. Eventually, Bridget Kearney was welcomed out with an acoustic standup bass in tow during the number, and both Bridget and Joe swapped virtuosic bass solos during the peak of the tune. Notably, Bridget is no stranger to the extended Vulfpeck family—she has previously toured with Theo Katzmann, serving as support and frequently sitting in with the band during his solo shows.
From there, Vulfpeck covered U2‘s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”, a song selection that no doubt paid homage to the Irish crowd, before closing out their set with two fan-favorite numbers, “Christmas In L.A.” and “Dean Town”. The group then returned for a three-song encore, offering up the more recent “Birds Of A Feather, We Rock Together” off Mr. Finish Line, in addition to more classic fare, “Outro” and “It Gets Funkier”.
You can check out two full videos of Vulfpeck’s collaboration with Lake Street Dive bassist Bridget Kearney below.
[Video: Maurizio Pittau]