I am not going to lie, it takes a lot to get me out to NYC on a Wednesday night. It's has been so humid that it is like the whole city is covered in a thin sweat sheen. Not something I love. But when I heard Emery was doing an acoustic tour, I knew I had to at least try.
Emery is a band I have been listening to for 15 years. I have been to a few of their shows and I love seeing them play live. But the hours I have spent listening to and watching them play acoustic on Youtube is insane. I never thought I would have a chance to see them play acoustic live. I reached out to them, and on the day of the show I got an email with the times and location.
I arrived at Cake Shop and waited upstairs with the rest of the people waiting for the show to start. A little while later we headed downstairs where Toby, Devin and Matt of Emery were milling around hanging out with the crowd. I hung back a little bit and watched the crowd as they got a chance to hang out with a band we obviously all loved. One girl brought Devin a picture of him she drew. It was just a nice atmosphere to be around. Shortly thereafter, they walked to the back of the room where a makeshift stage was set up. Christmas lights above them was basically the only light. Of course that made my job of photographing them difficult, but as soon as they started to play I pretty much forgot all about that.
There has always been something magical about the way Toby and Devin's voices meld together. Weaving melodies and lyrics in a way that grabs you and keeps your attention. They played all the songs you hoped they'd play. They took questions. Told stories. Talked about where the songs came from. But most of all, they sounded amazing.
I have done a lot of things in my career that I will look back on fondly. But I know that being at that show will certainly be one of the highlights. Being able to hear them play these songs to the 50 or so of us in that room, it was beautiful. By the time you're reading this their acoustic tour will have had finished it's run. So it's too late for you to catch them this time. But if you ever hear that the band is coming to your town, don't think. Get tickets. Go sing your heart out.