Its a very hot summer's evening in downtown New York and 200 people are crammed into the independent Housing Works bookstore, a non-profit company to help fight aids and homelessness. This is not a concert so to speak, tonight is about how literature has influenced musicians. We hear a mix of poetry, readings as well as music.
Tonight we are treated to a reading by Stephen Christian (vocalist of Anberlin) of a chapter from his book, 'The Orphaned Anything's' as well as Colin Frangicetto (guitarist of Circa Survive) who plays a few covers as well as one of his own songs.
The main attraction of tonight is Tegan Quin and author Augusten Burrows. After a reading from Burrows' latest book, 'A Wolf At The Table', Tegan Quin kicks off with 'His Love', which was a companion piece for the audiobook for 'A Wolf At The Table'. After a few comical mistakes, Quin dives straight in and delivers an incredible rare performance of this amazing song. Next we hear Tegan play a few of songs from her and sister's group, Tegan and Sara. The likes of 'Dark come soon', 'The Con' and favorite 'Nineteen' are very touching to hear performed solo.
Tonight was not about making money, it was about helping a good cause. More than $8,000 had been raised in total. Everyone tonight has left feeling privileged to have attended tonight's proceedings.
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