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Concert Review: Ray LaMontagne at the BHB Pavilion

Ray LaMontagne playing Boston's Blue Hills Bank Pavilion on May 31, 2014.
Ray LaMontagne playing Boston's Blue Hills Bank Pavilion on May 31, 2014.
Timothy Patrick Boyer, 2014

Ray LaMontagne's Supernova Summer Tour


A few years ago, if you had told me that I'd one day see a dance party break out at a Ray LaMontagne concert, I would have laughed at you. I would have laughed at you hard. Some boot-stomping, sure. But full-on dancing? Nah...

But last night (Saturday, May 31) at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, during the second night of a two-night stand by LaMontagne, it happened. And honestly, at the moment, it kinda felt right.

It took a while for me to warm up to LaMontagne's newest album, Supernova, (which I now kinda love) and before warming up to it I scoffed at the sound and the idea of this soulful, weary singer/songwriter playing a venue as large as the Pavilion. I mean, really? 5,000 people? This is the man who laid his being down in brilliant pieces like Jolene and Let It Be Me... surely his sound would come through better in a hole-in-the-wall pub in the middle of nowhere.

However, the moment his set began and the audience filled in, it was obvious that I was mistaken.

Playing mostly tracks off of the new album, LaMontagne brought us all on a trippy, groovy, yet still quite soulful and extremely weary ride that felt at times more like a Jefferson Airplane than what I envisioned a Ray LaMontagne show to be. But it all worked, and when he slipped into his older pieces, it just brought the rest of it all to life even more beautifully.

This Supernova Summer Tour is something for fans new and old, packing all of LaMontagne's emotionally draining content and a visually stunning feast for the eyes into one chock-full night of live music. All future tour dates can be found here.