Noah Kahan brings “Stick Season” to Boston + GALLERY

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It is indeed the season of the sticks! Vermonter, Noah Kahan, played a sold-out show at the newly opened, MGM Music Hall at Fenway in Boston. Kahan is touring his latest album release, Stick Season, and is joined by “Joyride” singer, Adam Melchor. 

At first glance, the venue was full of 5,000 strangers gathered together to celebrate New England’s finest. However, upon closer examination, Kahan’s audience more closely resembled a giant, flannel-wearing family reunion. Fans danced, cried, and sang loudly to every song. It was a very welcoming evening with a “heart on their shoulder” kind of community.

Kahan put on a wonderful show with strong vocals and an amazing band. The air vibrated with bass and banjo as the four-piece band accompanied Noah. The excitement and energy were apparent, making for an electric evening.

Kahan has always had a gift for songwriting and storytelling, but, Stick Season shows a more mature and delicate side of Kahan’s writing abilities. His transition to folk music opens up a whole new world of possibilities for creativity. 

Kahan played songs mostly from Stick Season, with a handful of others from Busyhead, I Was/ I Am, and Cape Elizabeth. 

  1. False Confidence
  2. All My Love
  3. Everywhere, Everything
  4. Animal
  5. New Perspective
  6. Glue Myself Shut
  7. Growing Sideways
  8. Maine
  9. Come Over
  10. Northern Attitude
  11. She Calls Me Back
  12. Passenger
  13. Carlo’s Song
  14. Godlight
  15. Homesick
  16. Orange Juice
  17. Young Blood
  18. View Between Villages
  19. Stick Season
  20. Mess

The only disappointment with the evening was the lighting. The show had a few moments with wonderful graphics, backgrounds, and lighting, but for the most part, it lacked. One background projection was a water pattern that made for a wonderful visual effect, but it didn’t stay up too long. 

Overall, the evening was folky, fun, and full of joy. Listening to Stick Season is like receiving a comforting hug. It is a reassurance to listeners that they are not alone in their journey through life. Kahan has mastered the art of making music feel like home.

For New England, by New England. Noah Kahan’s Stick Season Tour is a must-attend.

Christina Laderoute is a photographer, journalist, and podcaster from Boston, Massachusetts. In her free time she dabbles in digital art, plays with her hedgehog; Winston, and watches New Girl on a loop. She is the founder and co-host of Chinwags, a music podcast.