Shakey Graves stopped by History on May 11, 2022. The new booming Toronto venue stands in the heart of the Beaches and, accompanied by supporting act Begonia, played an all-around remarkable show.
The lights shone through her satin peignoir and cowboy hat-wearing frame, giving an angelic visual to the smooth and honest vocals she provided. Begonia’s witty chit-chat between songs was brought to a high when she was able to romanticize hot dogs in her introduction to the dreamy love song “Hot Dog Stand.”
Begonia’s exciting yet humbly heartbreaking performance cast a spell on the venue that had the audience melting under her creamy vocals.
ICYMI: Our Dan Fischer covered Begonia back in 2016, see those photos here.
After Begonia left the stage, a buzz of giddiness washed over the audience as they awaited the Texan-born man-of-the-hour himself, Shakey Graves.
When Shakey walked onto the stage, he transported us back to his humble busking beginnings as the set began with just him and his guitar. As the show went on, a band joined Shakey Graves, and the epic blues/ folk/ rock n roll genre-crossover musical madness was in full swing. Shakey and the band performed songs from the Can’t Wake Up and And the War Came albums. Before the accompanying backup musicians left the stage, an outstanding cover performance of David Bowie’s “Starman” was played.
Shakey Graves continued with solo performances of “Hard Wired,” “If Not For You,” and “Late July,” closing the show with hits “Dearly Departed” and “The Perfect Parts.” During those last few songs, the mic faced the crowd who filled in the lyrics while Shakey strummed along.
Hi! My name is Maddie and I’m a lover of art and all things rock n’ roll based in Toronto, Canada. I am an artist, writer, photographer, and filmmaker, happily spending my time involved and working hard at each of my passions. When I’m not creating art or films for myself, I’m either listening to music or at local shows using my camera to document the many amazing Toronto artists playing music for crowds of all sizes. I am lucky to spend time shooting, creating videos and taking photos for so many good people playing good Canadian music