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Gallery: Matt Nathanson's Mini Tour Lands in Western Massachusetts

Tree House Brewing Company Present: The Map At The Mall Solo Tour May 9th, in South Deerfield, Massachusetts

Words and Photos by: Chantel Malin | @chantelmalin

To attend a Matt Nathanson concert is to witness the love of music in its purest form. Nathanson is known by his fans for his encyclopedic knowledge of music, as well as his own personality that shines just as bright as his voice, and for two nights at the Tree House Brewing Company in South Deerfield, those in attendance were treated to a performance of him at his very best. 

The shows are part of a short, solo acoustic “mini tour” Nathanson embarked on ahead of his summer tour with Switchfoot and Blue October. This was the first time in a while he had played in such an intimate way, and the small venues on the tour were equally as intimate for the fans lucky enough to grab tickets before the entire tour sold out. 

For nearly two hours, fans enjoyed plenty of music from Nathanson’s illustrious catalogue, with choices to satisfy fans new and old alike. And of course, it wouldn’t be a Matt Nathanson show if it weren’t also partly a comedy set; the man has a fantastic sense of humor, flawless comedic timing, and knows just exactly how to engage an audience in the perfect way.

Songs performed included “Mission Bells” and the fan-favorite “Last Days of Summer in San Francisco” off 2013’s Last of the Great Pretenders; the upbeat and playful “Modern Love” from the album of the same title; the joyful singalong tune “Suspended” of 2002’s Beneath These Fireworks; as well as covers of “Good” by Better Than Ezra and “Everytime You Go Away” by Hall & Oates. The former even saw Nathanson giving a quick call to singer Kevin Griffin, who spoke to the audience from the green room before his own performance. The set also got a quick FaceTime hello from Aaron Tap, Nathanson’s long time friend and collaborator who is nearly always seen on stage to sing some stunning harmonies and shred some guitar solos. 

Perhaps most exciting, the audience got to hear a good handful of currently unreleased songs from Nathanson’s next, yet-to-be-announced record. These included “Impossible People,” a rumination of the desperation to fit in and please a world that can never have enough; “Pablo Picasso,” an endearing love song; and “Pissed Off and Pretty,” a tale about Nathanson’s own late mother who may or may not have accidentally set some houses on fire in her heyday. Nathanson also performed “Map At The Mall,” the lead single from his aforementioned record, and the namesake of the mini-tour. If you’d like to finish an evening with your soul replenished and a sore face and stomach from laughing, there is truly no better place than a Matt Nathanson concert. We can’t wait for him to be back with even more new music, and to see him out on the road this summer on the Help From My Friends tour with Switchfoot and Blue October.

Check out the full gallery of Matt Nathanson below!

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