On the first Sunday night in October, Kishi Bashi rolled through Webster Hall and played one of the best shows I’ve seen at the venue as well as one of the best shows I’ve seen in all of 2016. Bashi was touring in support of his absolutely fantastic new album which came out in September titled Sonderlust (via Joyful Noise Recordings). Along for the ride and kicking things off was Brooklyn’s own, Twain.
Performing solo, Twain was a perfect fit for an opener. He kept things quiet during his set and didn’t talk much, but at one point mentioned that he never played a venue the size of Webster ever before. The way he kept his composure on stage was telling a different story as his bluesy–folk style was on full display without an ounce of any nervousness at all. He started with an acoustic guitar and switched to an electric guitar midway through his set with ease and we’re excited to hopefully see more of him soon.
As soon as Twain finished his set, there was a sense of anticipation in the venue, as Bashi’s fan base is a very dedicated one. We were there back in November of last year when he played the much smaller McKittrick Hotel so getting to see him in the much larger space of Webster Hall was an absolute treat.
Slowly, the lights began to dim inside the venue as well as on stage as a deep red hue in the lighting slowly began to emerge from behind all the instruments. One by one, the band all took the stage to – of all things – the Stranger Things theme song (the red lighting was very fitting) which gained some cheers and a few chuckles from the crowd. As soon as Bashi took the stage, we all knew we were in for an exciting night.
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