What we needed last night at Brooklyn Steel was a glass of red vino, the option of tea, and a display of blankets and pillows to cozy into to be the appropriate vibe for experiencing the smooth tracks of Iron & Wine. However, given Brooklyn’s harsh cold weather and black warehouse environment, Sam Beam transformed the space into a dream state, warming us with his voice and by literally singing under neon glowing clouds. The dichotomy of Beam’s folk blissful vibe and unapologetic New York City was not lost, rather, they were combined by witty comments from the crowd and Sam’s request to shout which “fucking” song we wanted to hear during his acoustic session. Whether it was his cleverly hilarious responses to the audience or the sips of red wine while tuning his acoustic guitars, the charm of Sam Beam was not lost.
During the band’s last performance on their Beast Epic US Tour, the crowd swayed and hummed along to new Beast Epic favorites like, “Bitter Truth”, “Claim Your Ghost”, and “Call It Dreaming.” The songs were brought to life with standup bass, gentle percussion, and female vocal harmonizing. It was truly a delight… just close your eyes and imagine your IPA as a hot toddy.