Seeing music at the irreverently venerable Dream Away Lodge in Becket, Mass. usually involves squeezing into the living room and being careful not to accidentally sit upon a cat. Last night, in an exciting new move, proprietor Danny Osman went with an outdoor setup, changing the whole thing into a sort of Tanglewood-in-the-woods-on-a-mountain-but-with-a-half-naked-unicorn-running-around kind of situation. (Hey, we’ve all been there.) It was a perfectly gorgeous night (if a bit chilly), and Erin McKeown played two sets of about an hour each.
The chief reason Erin would end up playing for tips at the Dream Away (as per that venue’s practice) is because Club Helsinki moved out of Great Barrington and into Hudson. But this outdoor configuration allows for more people than could squeeze into that living room, so it was a pleasantly crowded but comfortable vibe. (She packed the room on a semi-snowy December night last year; you can read my review of that show from Metroland here.)
She turned in a wonderful show for a “hometown” crowd packed with friends of the artist, making for a special evening on a gorgeous night.
Up above is a rough video I shot of what turned out to be the second-to-last song. (An encore of “Rocky Raccoon,” complete with audience members acting out the action of the song, followed.)
(You can ask, but there’s nothing to be said about this that will cause it to make any more sense than it seems to.)