Live Review: Joshua Radin & The Weepies – Gramercy Theater, NYC

This Fall, Joshua Radin and the Weepies have been touring the USA performing both of their intimate live acoustic acts. Two weeks ago, we got a chance to catch this amazing lineup at Gramercy Theater in NYC. The Weepies opened the night with heartfelt renditions of all the fan-favorite songs. Deb Talan even showcased ‘Joshua Tree In The Headphones’ from her recent solo album Lucky Girl. After the stellar and jaw dropping opener I Was Made For Sunny Days, other set highlights included, Gotta Have You, Crooked Smile and the world spins madly on.

Josh opened the night demonstrating his airy folk vocals with two acoustic tunes No Envy and Only You. The audience immediately fell silent as Josh grabbed command of the stage and mic. Once you hear the intimate, soft toned lush of Radin’s music, you know you’re in for an emotional ride in the audience.

Next he performed a beautiful rendition of Brand New Day, which continued to captivate the attention of the audience and keep us hooked into his folkie presence. After he delivered Here, Right Now, which featured excellent vocal power and style.

The night continued with High And Low, a fan favorite and Joshua Radin classic that never disappoints at a live show. Belong followed, as he kept pumping out the hits with Beautiful Day and Only A Wave all back to back. Josh’s setlist structure also adds to the energy of his live show as he carefully decides which songs in the right order will keep listeners at their feet.

As the night began to wind down, he performed a stellar version of Paperweight and continued the closing energy with Your Light and Underwater. The final songs of the night featured some profound lyrics and themes in his song Growin’ Up To Do, and the vibe remained electric for Today and Winter.

For the encore, Josh came back on stage to deliver extra powerful versions of Vegetable Car and Don’t Think Twice. If you haven’t had the chance to see this great folk lineup yet don’t miss out on their magically intimate and acoustic shows this Winter!

Scott J. Herman

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