Two more Vienna Teng shows

Back on October 25th, Jennifer and I joined woj, Sarah, and her friend Jeff at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, MA, to see Vienna Teng perform. I was really looking forward to the show, and, as usual, Vienna didn’t disappoint. I’m terrible with set lists, and the fact that a couple of weeks have passed since the show doesn’t help any, so I’ll just say that she played a strong set. She seemed to be having an especially good time, which always makes for a better show, and her between song banter was in fine form.

After the show we waited around to talk to Vienna, and it came up that Jenn and I weren’t planning on being at the Westport, CT, show the following night. Our plans quickly changed though when she offered to put us on the guest list for the concert, which was certainly a cool gesture on her part. In case you read this at some point, Vienna, thanks again!

Vienna Teng at Seabury Center

Late night emails got woj added to the guest list too, so the next day, after a tasty and cheap dinner at Ivy Noodle in New Haven, he drove the three of us down to the Seabury Center in Westport, CT. It was certainly a different sort of setting from the Iron Horse, as this time Vienna was performing in an arts center in an old church, playing a grand piano that was in immaculate condition, in the center of a very brightly lit stage. She dressed up for the occasion, as you can see in the photo above. The entire show had a very different vibe from the previous night’s concert, which had been casual and almost rowdy (or as rowdy as Vienna’s shows tend to get). This time around everything was quieter and more subdued, and, while Vienna’s performance was again excellent, I think overall I preferred the Iron Horse show. The set list was good though, and she played woj’s not-exactly-a-request “Feather Moon,” which I hadn’t heard in quite a while. The wonderful acoustics in the room even meant that the audience participation parts of “Soon Love Soon” didn’t bug me at all.

We got the chance to talk with Vienna again afterwards, which was great, even if we didn’t have the opportunity to hang out for any length of time. Overall, it was a great evening.

Before I wrap this up, I should probably mention the opening act for both nights, Ari Hest. Though his music isn’t entirely my cup of tea, he’s a talented guitar player and is also pretty amusing, so it certainly wasn’t a hardship to see his set two nights in a row.

The next Vienna Teng show that I’m likely to go to is a full-band performance that’s taking place on December 6th at The Blender Theatre at Gramercy in NYC. If you’re in the NYC area, don’t miss it!

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