Sharon Van Etten with Sarah Aument at Spark
Not to pat ourselves on the back, but WERW managed to put on our second great show of the year. We are now 2 for 2!
For a cold and rainy Friday night, Spark became a safe haven for those who ventured out for the free Sharon Van Etten concert. The show calmed the wind, lightened the rain and warmed us all up.
The night began with a performance by Yoni Gordon. Originally scheduled to play in a tent behind Spark, he brought is campfire music inside and engaged us all with stories ranging from ghosts and roadside diners. His unique setup in the front room of Spark intrigued those who were walking buy to stop in and stay a while.
WERW moved the show into the next room where local favorite Sarah Aument was set to perform. This performance, however, was a solo show without her backing band that she’s had to support the release of Vertical Lines. That wasn’t a problem, though, as Sarah charmed us with tracks new and old; new tracks being heard by very few people before us, and old tracks that haven’t been performed since last year. Ending her set as usual with “Couch Slouch,” she set the stage perfectly for Sharon Van Etten.
Coming off of her tour with Bowerbirds and heading back on tour in November with Junip, Sharon Van Etten was nice enough to stop in little ol’ Syracuse, New York for a free solo show. Accompanied by only her guitar, Ruby, Van Etten played songs off her new album Epic as well as tracks off of Because I Was In Love. She even played some new songs, yet to be released. Though her songs were melancholy , she engaged pleasantly with the Syracuse crowd and was very gracious and quirky. She even took a few requests from the crowd before rounding out her set with an a capella song that caused rhythmic snapping amongst us all.
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-Photos by Jordan Weaver