A couple of weeks ago Bobbie stumbled upon an announcement for a WNYC Soundcheck show at The Greene Space, featuring The Lone Bellow. Acting on our “get tickets first, make plans later” philosophy, she reserved four spots for us. NYC definitely falls within our four hour rule, and with the show being free there was just no way we could turn it down. So early this morning, with kids in tow (there may have been ice cream and pizza bribes), we hit the road. While we had a few snafus along the way, we still somehow managed to make it with a little bit of time to spare.
We were really not at all certain what to expect for this show, as it was billed as a 45 minute set with limited seating. Did that mean 200 people? More? Less? Were we going to have to stand in a crazy long line? Were there seats, or were our kids going to be staring at strangers’ backs? As it turns out, we could have not been more pleased.
We arrived to find a very small crowd waiting in the lobby. Here, we were happy to meet two fans, Mara and Chris, whom we’ve been in correspondence with online for quite a while. It was great to be able finally see a show with them! As we waited, some of the staff came around with paper and pencils, asking if we had questions for the band. We jotted down a few before being ushered into the performance space, where we were very pleasantly surprised to find one incredibly small venue, seating probably fewer than 50 people.
While the set was indeed short- four songs total- it was interspersed with a few Q & A sessions. We did miss the energy from their regular shows, but it was really fun to learn new information from and about the band. All and all, we felt incredibly lucky to be there.
You can watch the entire performance here.