"Dandelion Wine" is my favorite song by Gregory Alan Isakov.
It's the song I play over, and over, and over. It's that song that comes with so much stuff, so much memory.
On Monday I got to hear that song not only live, but with a "ghost orchestra" and at one of the most beautiful venues I've seen. It was magic.
Isakov is on the the first part of an ambitious tour that will take him all over the world, from Lithuania to Amsterdam. But, he's in Chicago for one more day, so go get your ticket. He's at Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport Street, in Pilsen tonight.
It was a perfect venue to see him at, too. Thalia Hall is a historic landmark that was built in 1892 and inspired by Prague's opera houses. In 2013 is was restored, and it's breath taking. A little haunting, but in a fantastic, heavy way.
Isakov is touring in support of his new album that dropped Friday, "Gregory Alan Isakov With the Colorado Symphony," a collection of mostly previously released songs recorded with the symphony.
The album is phenomenal. The songs are a little slower, to allow for the drama of the symphony. But his voice is never lost, which is vital.
The show Monday at Thalia was a great compromise. The ghost orchestra was mostly strings and enough to get the feel of the symphony, but also small enough to feel like an intimate show.
He played a great mix of his catalog, including two more of my top picks, "Amsterdam," and "Saint Valentine."
The show felt a little more rehearsed than normal for him, because of the orchestra, but that didn't take anything away. I highly recommend seeing this tour. He will be performing with full orchestras as well, including the Atlanta, Vermont and Seattle symphonies.
Poet Andrea Gibson opened for him. She's going to be doing a few U.S. shows with Isakov.
She was powerful and moving. She was emotional when talking about the 49 people shot dead at a gay club in Orlando Sunday, which made her performance that much more intense.
I hope to see her again.