Friday evening, I headed to Midtown West for a girls night out celebrating @MicheleKerepesi’s birthday.
We met up at cozy wine bar Ardesia, where Michele, @SimoneGrant, @MelissaPNYC and I talked about working with twentysomethings, how Facebook makes reconnecting with old flames too easy and the delights of cannoli pie.
From Ardesia, the four of us walked over to Terminal 5 for the evening’s main event – Matt Nathanson in concert. We arrived in time to catch the last twenty minutes of Vanessa Carlton’s tepid performance (which, strangely, skipped her biggest hit, “A Thousand Miles.”). Her flat and kind of depressing vibe only made the standing room only crowd even more excited for Matt, who did not disappoint.
During a rousing hour and 40 minute set, Matt – backed up by his fantastic band – proved why he’s become as well known for his comedic flair as he has for his irresistibly soulful pop music. Unlike many other artists whose stage patters feels contrived and makes you want them to stop talking altogether, Nathanson really know how to connect with a crowd. His hilarious (and occasionally raunchy) on-stage dialogue had everyone applauding.
“Have you ever dated anyone who was just pure evil?” he asked by way of explaining the inspiration for one song – a question which was greeted, of course, with huge cheers.
Though he gave ample stage time to joking about past relationships, the married Nathanson also alluded to happily ever after as he led into “Room @ The End Of The World.”
“You’re so in love that you don’t care if the house burns down, you’re just lying there naked and playing Scrabble.”
Along with “Room…,” “Queen of Knots,” “Kiss Quick” and the title track off of his new album “Modern Love,” Nathanson played classics like “Show Me The World” and “All We Are.” Along the way, he weaved in a few covers – “The Dog Days Are Over,” “Tainted Love,” and a flawless acoustic version of “Little Red Corvette” that would make Prince envious.
Just before leaving the stage for his encore, he quipped–
“It’s an age-old show business tradition where we leave the stage and pretend we’re not coming back, and you applaud ferociously and we act surprised.”
Everyone happily obliged.
Nathanson returned to perform his current single “Faster” and then, of course, ended the night with a rousing rendition of his biggest, most beloved hit ‘’Come On Get Higher.” Everyone, myself included, was singing along with him. This is one of my favorite songs of all time and it was incredible hearing Nathanson perform it live.
It’s no surprise that Nathanson has built up such a loyal following over the years. He’s a talented singer/songwriter who brings his A-game to the stage. I can’t wait to catch him next time he’s in NYC.
Nathanson’s All Night Noise tour continues through November 5th. Don’t miss it!