MUSIC REVIEW: Andy Grammer gets the crowd rocking at TanglewoodMore Info
Lenox — Giving his fans what they came for, Andy Grammer played all his hits for the crowd at Tanglewood.
It wasn’t his first time at the venue. He opened for Train at Tanglewood in 2012 and 2016, but his June 22 show was the first time he was the main attraction in the Koussevitzky Music Shed.
Taking over the spotlight seemed fitting for the 34-year-old star, who pulled out all his hits from “Keep Your Head Up” and “Fine by Me” off his first studio album to more recent chart-toppers like “Honey, I’m Good” and “Fresh Eyes.” Of course there were some songs that are not as well known but loved by devoted fans like “Good to Be Alive (Hallelujah)” and “Back Home” on the set list, as well.
The vocals were strong and studio-like, and the band all showed well during their solos, finding the right sound during nearly every song. In between hits, Grammer spun several good tales without the “overtalking” that can ruin the flow of far too many shows. Much of his speaking onstage focused on his family and his love for fans and performing. “I feel so lucky to get to sing my truth for a living,” Grammer said. “Even more so to hear friends and fans sing it back at me.”
Ever the showman, Grammer invited two guests onstage at different points in the show. The first was a young woman celebrating her birthday. After she joinined him onstage, Grammer led the crowd in the classic “Happy Birthday” song before sending her off stage with a hug. Later in the show, a second guest, this time a bride-to-be celebrating her bachelorette, was called up and serenaded by the star. The two-hour show was a strong performance by Grammer and proved that Tanglewood was right to give him his own chance in the limelight.
The pre-Boston Symphony Orchestra season at Tanglewood continues this weekend. On Friday, June 29, groundbreaking banjoist, composer and bandleader Béla Fleck, who has reunited with his original band, the Flecktones, will perform. The next night, Live From Here, hosted by Chris Thile, will take the stage and he will be joined by the Punch Brothers, Lake Street Dive, duet partner Aoife O’Donovan and even more guests. Then on Sunday American musician, songwriter, film-score composer and record producer Ry Cooder will be joined by Emmylou Harris on the main stage.