Paste Magazine presented performances by acts Langhorne Slim, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Mimicking Birds and Jesse Sykes and Phil Wandscher at the Highline Ballroom on Wednesday evening. The large venue was comfortably crowded, with red lights and a lone disco ball illuminating the experience.
The true stand out act of the night was Langhorne Slim. Folk rock infused with gospel undertones, singer-songwriter Langhorne Slim’s powerful voice overtook the crowd, carrying well despite a brief mic failure. His merry and strong stage presence led him to jump off the stage, taking his vocals down into the crowd midway through the set. Acoustic guitar reinforced with banjo, upright bass, and keyboard made for rich stratums of sound. He was able to switch up the pace, placing slower paced songs next to faster ones while retaining the appropriate energy for each. Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit headlined the show, finishing out the night with a southern rock and country vibe. The storytelling so inherent to Isbell’s formula translated well in the hushed darkened atmosphere.