By Rachel A.G. Gilman
Last month, folk pop duo Oh Honey spoke to WSN about how they felt before heading out on their first headlining tour, Postcards Across America. Wednesday night, they brought the show home to a sold out crowd of fans and friends at The Studio at Webster Hall.
Among the openers was former A Rocket to the Moon front man Nick Santino, who brought his own sizeable crowd to the show. Fans pushed toward the stage for his set. The singer songwriter and his electric guitar crooned out tracks from his solo EPs and 2014 album “Big Skies,” including the love song “I Just Wanted You to Know” and sing-along favorite “Long Way Home.” Santino will return to The Studio in June for another sold out supporting performance.
Also opening was Public, a Cincinnati trio of guys in pastel, rolled-sleeve button down shirts whose bubbly energy and pop-rock tunes echoed that of WALK THE MOON, who they have previously supported on tour. Their funky half hour set included their new single, “Heartbeating,” as well as a respectable cover of Britney Spears’s “Toxic.”
When Oh Honey finally took to the intimate stage set with microphone stands wrapped in white string lights and oriental rugs, they received a warm welcome from fans. The duo expressed their own happiness at returning home, perhaps best represented in Mitchy Collins’s jacket, which read “New York F*cking City” on the back. They opened with “I Love You Will Still Sound the Same,” a track off their 2014 EP, “With Love.”
The Brooklyn natives’ performance was as upbeat and loving as their music, featuring nearly all of their recorded songs to date. The duo beamed throughout the set, taking a video for Snap Chat of the audience and frequently expressing their gratitude for being able to go on their first headlining tour. Danni Bouchard danced with their backing band, her smile twinkling like the gemstones next to her eyes, while Collins rocked back and forth with his acoustic guitar.
About halfway through the set, Oh Honey had an acoustic break, performing the heartbreak tune “A Thousand Times” off their most recent EP release, as well as a medley of ‘90s hits where Collins discussed his special affinity for particular television shows. The crowd cheered and sang along, creating a big, jam session feel.
The energy was brought back up with “Sugar, You,” Oh Honey’s latest single, a positive, danceable track. “Be Okay,” Oh Honey’s most well-known tune, rounded off the set, where some of their friends from another band joined them on stage before they performed an encore of two extra songs. The duo thanked Sirius XM at the end of the evening for always supporting them.
Following the concert, Oh Honey and supporting acts held a free after party at The Studio to meet with fans and celebrate. Overall, the night was a success, a great way to show no matter how great of a time you have on the road, there’s nothing quite like coming home.
Rachel A.G. Gilman is a staff writer. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org