By Sara Spangler, DC Music Live
On his The Last of the Great Pretenders tour, Matt Nathanson played two sold out DC-area shows with supporting artist Joshua Radin – the first on October 28 at the newly revamped Lincoln Theater in DC, and the second on November 1 in Baltimore at Rams Head Live.
The vibe was noticeably different at the seated Lincoln Theater show versus the Rams Head Live show, and the audience was much more energetic and engaged at the Rams Head Live show. Opener Joshua Radin
came across more as a headline act, and it was clear that more than a few in the audience were fans of his as well. At the Lincoln Theater show the audience was quiet enough that Radin was able to end his set with an unplugged cover of Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right”.
Half comedy, half music, Nathanson never disappoints with his live show! A good number of songs from his new album “Last of the Great Pretenders” were in the setlist, including “Kinks Shirt”, “Mission Bells”, “Heart Starts” and “Birthday Girl”, which Nathanson explained was about his daughter and how she’s changed his life. Not wanting to leave out the “old school” fans, Nathanson added a short acoustic portion in the middle of his set, including fan favorite “Bulletproof Weeks”, and “Answering Machine”, a track off his 1999 album “Still Waiting For Spring.”
Throughout the sets Nathanson threw in a couple of covers, including Whitney Houston’s “I Want to Dance With Somebody” during which Nathanson invited everyone to let their “tiny Whitney Houston out”, much to the amusement of the crowd.
Nathanson ended the show with his most popular hit “Come On Get Higher”, prefacing the song by jokingly saying, “If you don’t know this one, then I really don’t know what you’re doing here!” At the end of the song, Nathanson’s band members left the stage one by one until it was just Nathanson playing his guitar – seemingly coming full circle from his early touring days.