About two years ago I went to small show for Penny and Sparrow at an art house in Cambridge. There were about 20 folks there. It was a beautiful experience with banter between the artists and audience, personal stories, laughter, tears, and damn good music. Last weekend Andy and Kyle were back in Boston. This time to a sold out crowd with barely room to move in the back at The Red Room on Boylston. It was a beautiful experience with banter between the artists and audience, personal stories, laughter, tears, and damn good music.The lovely and hella talented Rose Cousins opened and helped close the evening.
I've seen a couple shows at The Red Room now and on Saturday night got to see the process from load-in to load-out since I got to tag along with Andy and Kyle for the evening. I was struck by how laid back and yet energized the hours before the show were. These were all professionals who had done their jobs hundreds, if not thousands, of times. And yet there was patience and detailed attention paid from the crew at The Red Room (Kyle and Rose talked about how it was the best their sound had felt in a while). Further, even though there was quite a bit on the line for Andy and Kyle (this was a larger crowd than expected; a chance for a lot of new fans to meet them and hear their music live), they were relaxed as they humbly went about the task of hurry up and wait.
The crowd may not have known it but as they entered the space they were in good hands. They were here for a good time and were not disappointed. I found myself smiling like a big dummy looking around. A few hours ago, this room was empty. And then a handful of committed artist came together, set up, and opened the doors for strangers to enter and participate in a humble, poignant event.
Below is a glimpse of the show from just off stage and between members of the crowd. Do yourself a favor the next time these fellas are in town; be a part of that crowd.