What: She & Him, with Tilly & the Wall
When: 8 p.m. Thursday, June 27
Where: Stir Cove, Harrah’s Casino, Council Bluffs
That bathroom scene in “Elf” – when Buddy (Will Ferrell) eavesdrops on Zooey Deschanel's character as she sings "Baby, It's Cold Outside" – was rather telling, wasn't it? What a beautiful voice. Such fluid phrasing, such an amazing tone, such chops!
Deschanel recorded the duet with Leon Redbone for the film's soundtrack. Eight years later, in 2011, the actress-singer would record the song again – this time with her partner, M. Ward, with whom she formed the band She & Him.
Now, I certainly don't expect Ward and Deschanel to bust out that song on Thursday, June 27, when the two bring their summer tour to Stir Cove. I just bring all this up because, for me, that moment in the shower when Deschanel sang "Baby, It's Cold Outside" was when I realized that we would be hearing a lot more of her exceptional voice.
On Thursday at Stir, outside of Harrah's Casino in Council Bluffs, we'll hear plenty from “New Girl” star Deschanel as She & Him perform songs from the band's three albums, “Volumes” “One,” “Two,” and the recent “3.” Just don't expect to hear "Baby," which the duo recorded for their 2011 Christmas album.
For one, it's going to be nice and warm outside on Thursday, the ideal temperature for an outdoor concert. Right? Right, Mother Nature? Right.
She & Him is touring this summer in support of the band's latest collection, “Volume 3,” another choice mix of melody-minded, old-timey retro pop-rock highlighted by Deschanel's classic-sounding vocals. Her voice has a way of making you feel warm and comfortable as it echoes through the speakers.
It's a fun sound, too. You get that most when you see her sing. She & Him recently released a new video for the song "I Could've Been Your Girl," which you can watch by clicking on the video link below. It's a light-hearted, slightly goofy video, and it works. It captures the musical vibe that She & Him serve.
Tickets for Thursday's 8 p.m. show are $45, and can be had via ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.
You'll want to be at the show on time so you can see opening act Tilly & the Wall, an Omaha-based band on Conor Oberst's Team Love Records label. The local band is also friends with Deschanel and Ward, who is an indie rock icon that has played with everyone from Oberst (in Monsters of Folk) to My Morning Jacket.