Sarah Solovay – Rockwood Music Hall (New York, NY)
With a renewed focus on her music career, 23-year-old Sarah Solovay has been trekking all across the great City of New York in 2017, performing and refining and polishing the skills she put on hold to attend college and be a full-time student. The latest stop on the Sarah Solovay NYC Tour was Rockwood Music Hall’s Stage 2, where I caught her and her band perform last night.
The energy – and capacity – of the packed house quickly made its way to the stage where Solovay and her 4-piece band struggled to do much more than shuffle their collective feet. To be fair, the act that preceded her easily had twice the head count and didn’t miss a beat. What I’m really saying here is this: Get this girl a bigger stage.
Real or imaginary physical limitations aside, Solovay and Co cruised through their selection of both old and new material. Solovay’s older material is markedly different than her new work, but songs like “I Hate Him” – written when Solovay was 14 – give insight into the early stages of her songwriting career, the seeds clearly planted. In between old and new, Solovay took a solo turn with Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide”, much to the delight of the crowd and yours truly all the same.
When they weren’t enjoying Solovay doing her best Stevie Nicks, her bandmates provided the perfect musical soundtrack for the evening – Jeb Roberts on guitar, Christian Nourijanian on keys, and especially James Quinlan on bass and Dustin Kaufman on drums on the low end of the scale. I would learn later that Solovay has been playing with a bit of a rotating cast of players over the past six months, but that wasn’t evident during their set as they all performed as a cohesive, collective unit.
Solovay’s talents as a natural storyteller were clear from the moment she stepped on stage. I am positive that as she continues to mold and refine her music, her voice – both literally and figuratively – will become even stronger, and I for one can’t wait to see how the next stages of her career unfold.
(Show Date: 4/13/2017)