Kavinsky’s Last Night in North America
This past Sunday Kavinsky hit the stage at Webster Hall in NYC as part of his short North America run before heading back to Europe. I walked into Webster Hall just before the start of the set expecting it to be dead since it was a Sunday night and (I thought) not a lot of Americans really know Kavinsky. I’ve seen him a few times while living in France, where he is quite popular, but most of my friends in New York had never heard of his 1980s-esque beats. I was stunned to walk in and see a packed house.
The best location was definitely in the back of the hall, where you could see the entire stage and had no one around you so you could dance to your heart’s content. Two sheets were pulled at an angle from the front edges of the stage back behind Kavinsky, so that they appeared to be radiating outwards towards the audience. They were simple white sheets, but when the lights went down and the lasers came out it was absolutely awesome and really heightened the lighting experience. While a primary set of “normal” lasers were projecting out towards the audience like at any other concert, images of lasers were often projected onto (Or through? It was hard to tell…) the sheets, creating a 3D layering effect that made the whole stage appear much larger than it was and giving the light performance a greater depth.
Some people had off Monday because of Veterans Day, but I would say they were in the minority. As a result, Webster Hall closed at the same time it would at any normal weeknight: before midnight. Kavinsky’s actual set was a brief hour and ended around 11:45pm. If you purchased tickets at the door it was $30. If you caught Com Truise beforehand then it would have made the cost a bit more palatable, but I think a lot of people were not expecting the show to end so early so they didn’t arrive early. Webster Hall continued to sell tickets right up until the end of the show, so be aware in the future to ask what time the show will be ending. I saw one very angry fan speaking with the ticket attendant about why he should have been charged $30 to spend about 10 minutes at a show.
Kavinsky unfortunately has left North America, so if you missed the show you will have to sit tight. However, be sure to check out GBH.TV for some upcoming shows you might want to hit up, including Late Night Alumni, Oliver, RAC, Sub Focus, and more.