Regrettably on Saturday we missed Beacon but arrived just in time to suffer through Light Asylum. All of that was quickly forgotten once Matthew Dear hit the stage with an engaged, entertaining and well-executed set. His ability to translate something that started so small (essentially just him) into a big room sound and accompanying show is a real tribute to his immense talent. There were many highlights from Beams as well selected tracks from his back catalog. He wisely saved surprise hit “Her Fantasy” for the encore and my only complaint would have been the absence of Asa Breed stand out “Deserter”. I don’t think anyone 10 years ago could have imagined the type of artist Matthew Dear has evolved into today but I left the building thoroughly impressed and an even bigger fan of his work than I was coming in.

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