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Gregory Alan Isakov Sells Out First Ave

Americana’s favorite farmer and folk singer made his way through Minneapolis last night for an unforgettable sold-out show at First Ave.

Gregory Alan Isakov, First Ave.
Gregory Alan Isakov, First Ave.

Gregory’s alluring voice and eloquent lyricism has romanced the hearts of folk fans from his debut EP, Rust Colored Stones in 2003. His small coffee shop cult following has erupted into one of the most dedicated fanbases that the genre has to offer. Each of his releases continues to push the envelope on folk music and his latest release, Evening Machines, was no exception. I was so glad to be able to experience it live as it introduced many new instruments and writing styles that have not been explored in the genre.

Gregory Alan Isakov, First Ave.
Gregory Alan Isakov, First Ave.

Gregory opened the show with a solo rendition of “She Always takes it Black.” His band slowly made their way to their positions throughout the song adding their instruments to the mix one by one. By the end of the song, the venue was filled with silky smooth acoustic vibes.

Gregory Alan Isakov, First Ave.
Gregory Alan Isakov, First Ave.

I was extremely impressed with the inclusion of songs throughout his entire discography. “Big Black Car”  and “Master & a Hound” brought me right back to High School and memories of a winter with my first girlfriend. I was overwhelmed at the climax of “Amsterdam” and let a few much-needed tears loose.

Gregory Alan Isakov, First Ave.
Gregory Alan Isakov, First Ave.

Gregory wrapped up the show by having his band crowd around a small microphone in the middle of the stage and perform a few tunes completely acoustic. It was incredible to see the band’s musicianship and collaboration with each member standing up to the mic to show off their skills a little. The whole band performed in unison for a heartwarming conclusion to the concert.

Gregory Alan Isakov, First Ave.
Gregory Alan Isakov, First Ave.

Please come back soon!

Gregory Alan Isakov, First Ave.
Gregory Alan Isakov, First Ave.

 

 

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