It was so quiet, you could have heard a pin drop.

Wonder Fair renovated their rooftop patio to accommodate more live performances, and on Sunday they debuted their second performance in the space (the first was at Lawrence Field Day Fest).

Stepping onto the back patio felt like stepping into a dream. A bright cutout of a full moon hung suspended above the stage area, and bright yellow lights dotted the landscape. It was a gorgeous sight to step into at dusk.

The intimate show began with a performance from Your Friend (her second show of the weekend). This isn’t Taryn Blake Miller’s first tango with Mount Eerie. The two performed together in Lawrence back in 2012, and her career launched soon after. Miller’s voice echoed throughout the empty alleys of Lawrence that night.

Just as many were settling into their Sunday night routine, Mount Eerie took to two small chairs in the corner of the packed patio, urged the audience (now sitting cross-legged on the floor) to scoot in as tightly as possible. They hung within a breath’s distance to the musicians, who gently plucked and strummed their way through a hauntingly good performance. With the end of every song, you could hear a collective breath from the audience, as though they were holding it the entire time so as not to make any noise during this hushed set.

Words and photos by Fally Afani



Fally Afani is an award-winning journalist with a career spanning more than 20 years in media. She has worked extensively in radio, television, newspapers, magazines, and more.

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