After a long day of handling dogs for a German Shepard demo at the Nicollet Open Streets, I’ll admit it felt tiring to be headed back to Minneapolis to catch Andy Grammer headline a sold out Varsity Theater. Not that I didn’t want to be at the show, but the afternoon rain and gloom outside made me really want to call it an early night. However, as I made my way into Dinkytown and waited in line to get in the venue, I found myself becoming reenergized for the show, and excited to catch two artists I haven’t seen in a couple of years.
To my surprise, and to the surprise of most of the audience I’m sure, I walked into the Varsity to the sound of spoken word.initially I was confused, and then the artist (apologies for missing your name!) explained that Andy Grammer thought it would be a nice surprise to add in a bit of poetry before starting the evening. Although this was the first time in my 13 years of going to shows that I’ve experienced a spoken word artist open a show, as the night progressed it seemed to be a fitting start.
First up was Nashville based trio NIGHTLY, a band I last saw open for K. Flay back in 2016 at the Middle East in Cambridge, MA. First, I can’t believe it’s been three years already since I’ve Seen this trio, and second I was pleasantly surprised with the evolution of their sound and stage presence. The group felt like they matured into their style, putting on a set that was tight-knit, more charismatic, and holistically more enjoyable to experience. Playing an incredibly short set in comparison to Andy Grammer, NIGHTLY was on and off the stage in what felt like a blink of an eye.