08/29/15 U Street Music Hall, Washington, DC
08/30/15 Stanhope House, Stanhope, NJ, US
09/11 – 09/12 Original Festival 2015
09/17/15 Alexander Gastown, Vancouver, BC
10/29/15 Showcase Lounge, S Burlington, VT
10/30/15 Port City Music Hall, Portland, ME
11/09/15 Waiting Room Lounge, Omaha, NE
Each song tonight was his best song. Each word was sung with heart, with passion.
It wasn't just his set that was like that. Ecid, a local rapper, opened up the show with more energy than all of the openers I've ever seen at a rock show. Just like Sage and B. Dolan, the other supporting act, it was just Ecid, a microphone, and a computer on stage. There was no one to hide behind, no instrument to cover up mistakes. Just a guy, a computer, and a microphone. It's so raw. I know that sounds cliché, but that's what it is, raw. Each word sang had meaning, each movement had a purpose.
B. Dolan was amazing as always. He was the one that I got to see at Soundset this year. He was good then, he was even better tonight. I think it was the setting. When you're at a festival, yeah, you may play in front of thousands of people, but are any of them even listening? When you play at a venue, you know those people are there for you. Why else would they buy a ticket? I think this gives the musicians more confidence to lay it all out there. They're not afraid to play the b-sides. They aren't afraid to make mistakes. They know they are surrounded by people who will support them no matter what. The musicians have nothing to prove. They've already proven it.
Did I mention I met Sage Francis tonight? It's a little intimidating to meet someone who you've put on a pedestal. You follow them around to the merch table after the show just waiting for your chance to take that selfie with them. You hope to God your phone has enough juice and storage to take that one little picture. Most of the musicians I've met will let you take that selfie and that's the end. Not Sage, no. I was shaking. I got up to him and couldn't even talk. I didn't know what to do. He gave me a huge hug, a kiss on the cheek and then I realized he's no different than you. No different than me.
Tonight was one of the best nights of my life. I was alone at a concert, surrounded by a bunch of strangers. I got lost in the music and was found in a hug with my idol.
Sage Francis (with B. Dolan) at First Avenue, Minneapolis (25 July 2015)