As the throngs of people eager to get out of the city boarded every train, plane and Uber, I joined them, boarding a LIRR heading for Montauk. This Friday marked another stellar musical lineup for the Pancakes & Whiskey Summer Series showcase, with none other than the Brooklyn based 4-piece, The Dig.
With a shroud of grey clouds looming overhead, the band, concerned about the rain, debated about setting up indoors instead of the outdoor stage on the patio. More and more people filled the space, seemingly unfazed by the threat of thunderstorms, happily tossing their cocktails back without a second thought. I chatted with someone I met while I waited for the show to start. He commented that he liked what he heard during their soundcheck and was eager to hear more. Me too, man… me too.
It wound up pouring rain several times that afternoon, delaying the show’s start time by over an hour, but as your know, the show still must go on. Equipment tested, tarps removed and the stage ready, The Dig embarked on a raucous set that drew old fans and new fans to the front of the stage for a better view of the action.
Selections from the quartet’s latest release, Bloodshot Tokyo, found their place effortlessly in the setlist, from “Long Black Hair,” which was dedicated to all the brunettes in the audience, “Astronaut,” dedicated to the lovely bride celebrating right up front with her “squad, ”Bleeding Heart,” “Simple Love,” and yes, one of my favorites “Tired of Love.” The Dig’s ability to oscillate between heartfelt and rocking out has always been one of my favorite things about them.
Scanning the space, people munched on their $30 lobster rolls and chatted animatedly, all the while moving to the music. By the time the last song rolled around, the empty space in front of the stage was filled with people dancing and clearly enjoying what they were hearing.
We have one more summer show at the Surf Lodge with San Fermin on 9-1-17, don’t miss out!
Article: Lesley Keller