Friday, April 8 | 9pm | 18+ | $22 Adv./ $25 Day of
the Mountain Goats - One thing that happened this past year was at City Winery, in April, where we did a session down in the cellar between soundcheck and the show. We hadn’t really thought a whole lot about the session in advance—on tour, your default
response to things is “let’s just show up and play”—and we were kind of under the gun time-wise when we got to the club. So we decided to just do it quick and dirty, old-school style. Like the open mic nights I used to play: unamplified guitar and vocals, friends with their axes playing along, arrangements arrived at on the fly and infinitely flexible. Four songs later we felt really inspired—me and Matt played a song or two without anybody else around because we’d gotten down to the basement before the others, the total song choice was strictly “what do you figure we should play now?”, the mood was relaxed and free…we loved it. Later that night, we decided to strip down the drum kit to essentials and play a choke-the-motor set echoing and elaborating on what we’d done downstairs: a sort of small-ensemble feel, lower in volume but actually higher in intensity. Like what we do in concentrate. It was one of our two favorite performances of the year, the other being the second night at the Fillmore. It felt like acres of new terrain opening up atop an ancient foundation. As soon as it was over, we all wanted to do it again. So in 2016 we’re taking that set on the road. Not that exact set, obviously; the particulars will vary from night to night. But smaller rooms, audible frequencies, up close and personal: this is the general plan. Making eye contact with people in the back row, being able to go off-mic when I want to and still be heard. Total visibility. We couldn’t be more excited about this tour. I love the big album release shows as much as anybody, but that City Winery feel of just playing together with bare essentials in close quarters…there’s nothing like it, and when the whole room locks onto the signal, it’s really special.