On a beautiful Spring night in Boston, a fairly exclusive concert took place at the Better Sorts Social Club in Kimpton Nine Zero Hotel downtown on Tremont Street. Contest winners streamed in up the stairs to a room filled with drinks and food, a silent auction, and eventually Australian pop singer Betty Who. It was an intimate evening and the roughly 150 people who saw the show felt like they had the hottest ticket in town.
The series of shows that this is part of is called the Off the Record series and sees a number of artists from all over the world coming to different Kimpton Hotels across North America to raise money for The Trevor Project. The Trevor Project is a non-profit that raises money for crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ young people under 25. They have been around for over 20 years doing this and are one of the best non-profits in the country. The partnership is making sure to emphasize that people should be able to feel free to be themselves. The silent auction that took place had a Vinyl Me Please subscription up for grabs as well as a signed Betty Who Gibson guitar, among a few other items. By the end of the night there were a few bids on each, with the entire proceed going to the Trevor Project.
After a few lucky winners had the chance to have a meet and greet with Betty it was basically cocktail hour, which led to a lot of friendly conversations with people and everyone having a good time. A little after 8 PM, Betty took the stage and for the next hour never stopped moving. Betty’s energy, match perfectly by her two dancers, was infectious and the energy spread through the crowd like wild fire. People danced right in time with the trio and threw their hands in the air at any moment they could. The crowd also sang back to Betty, at times almost overpowering her, much to her surprise and delight.
She is ramping up for a long tour of North America and joked how they had just finished getting the choreography together, so all the moves we were seeing were being done perfectly. She played a couple of her latest songs off of Betty as well as fan favorites “I Love You Always Forever” and “Somebody Loves You.” With a quick thank you and goodnight Betty left the stage. The crowd wanted more and cheered for an encore but it wasn’t meant to be. There is time if you are going to be in Toronto, Nashville, Santa Barbara, or Los Angeles from now until August to see some excellent bands help raise money for a good cause. More information on the series can be found here – https://www.ihg.com/kimptonhotels/content/us/en/stay/kimpton-off-the-record. The world is pretty rough right now and if you can have a night out of music, food, and drinks all while putting some money into helping others, you’re doing something right.
Article: Bryan Lasky