|All photos by Louis Kwok|
Tift Merritt and her fabulous band consisting of Eric Heywood on steel guitar, Jay Brown on bass, and Noah Levy on drums delivered a passionate and intimate 100-minute performance last night at Off Broadway for Speakers in Code's 3rd Birthday Celebration. Merritt and Co. performed songs off her latest album, Traveling Alone, which included the unamplified and show-closing heartbreaker "Too Soon To Go." Before that final gem, Merritt covered Tom Waits' "Train Song," brought some soul with "Your Love Made A U Turn" and "Mixtape," and delivered a stirring solo version of "Another Country" on keyboards.
Before Merritt's set, David Wax Museum got things rolling with "The Rumors Are True" off their 2012 release, Knock Knock Get Up. Suz Slezak, whose musical arsenal included the fiddle and donkey jawbone, led the way during "Let Me Rest," while "Harder Before It Gets Easier" concluded their 45-minute set.
UPDATE: You can download the show here.
Thanks to both bands and Off Broadway for a wonderful evening, and for Louis Kwok of Music VS Man for capturing the night through his lens!