City and Colour at Webster Hall, New York

Dallas Green with City and Colour at Webster Hall, New York, March 31 2011. Sarah Litwin photo

Dallas Green with City and Colour at Webster Hall, New York, March 31 2011. Sarah Litwin photo

Photos – City and Colour at Webster Hall, New York City, March 31 2011

– text and photos by Sarah Litwin

Daniel Romano dapperly took the stage to start off the evening with a quietly captivating solo set. Although most may not had been as familiar of his solo work other than playing with City and Colour, the audience was receptive to his bittersweet melodies.

We were then treated to a brief performance by the one and only Gordon Downie. The Tragically Hip frontman strummed through a half dozen songs while audience members wistfully sung along with him.

Gord Downie at Webster Hall, New York, March 31 2011. Sarah Litwin photo

Gord Downie at Webster Hall, New York, March 31 2011. Sarah Litwin photo

The sold-out Webster Hall was packed to the gills by the time City and Colour, a.k.a. Dallas Green with Attack In Black‘s Romano (guitar/vocals) and Raising the Fawn‘s Scott Remila (bass/vocals) and Dylan Green (drums), took to the stage and instantly started with a highly electric version of “Sleeping Sickness”, with Downie on backup vocals.

The set mixed songs both older and new, including three tracks off the forthcoming record Little Hell (due out June 7).

City and Colour Webster Hall March 31 setlist:

City and Colour setlist from Webster Hall, New York, March 31 2011

City and Colour setlist from Webster Hall, New York, March 31 2011

On more than one occasion the band retreated for some truly solo Green moments. The most poignant of the night was when the City and Colour frontman asked the audience to momentarily turn away from the glow of cell phones and cameras “to just be with each other for one song.” He then launched into an incredible rendition of “What Makes A Man” as the audience cooed the echo of each chorus through ’til the last strings.

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