Providence, RI

dillapidating grandeur. outsized entryways designed for people + top hats and wide, trailing bustles, steamer trunks and attendants. with none of these, i feel a slip of a ghost in the doorway.

old haus. Diane Cluck

hulk magestique. 400ish block of Broadway. sundown. photo by Diane.

we played in the Columbus Theatre tonight, a dreamy place for a traveling musician. the theater dates from the mid 1920s, feels older as it was inspired by an Italian opera house from the 1880s. the balcony’s recently been turned into its own small theater and plays host to live music since last fall. caring musician folk tend to the place; layers of new vibrancy wash over and through renovations and decay. the upstairs is home to The Low Anthem’s recording studio; downstairs The Pirates of Penzance rehearsed pirates on the mainstage.

in a last-moment tryst we added Josephine Foster to the bill, accompanied by excellent guitarist Victor Herrera + sensitive player Otto Hauser on drums. Josephine is one of my favorite voices out there, tone and presence and songwriting. between them and Omnivore who played the first set, i might’ve been content to sit the night out, nearly whiled away by listening. Glenna of Omnivore works magic with telephone microphones.  she & her merry coven offered up amazing pre- & post-show vittles, too; i can’t imagine being more lovingly well-fed.

me over tea by Willa. DC

me over tea, drawn by Willa.