Last year, I had the distinct pleasure of seeing the Punch Brothers perform in front of an almost sold-out show at DC’s 9:30 club. This year, they sold out their first show so quickly that they added a second night in DC to their Winter Tour. It certainly has been a good year for Chris Thile and the Punch Brothers. They were featured on a number of songs for The Hunger Games soundtrack, they released a new EP, and Chris Thile was awarded the McArthur Genius Grant. These achievements have allowed the Punch Brothers to reach the mainstream appreciation that Thile’s first band, Nickel Creek, enjoyed during their heyday. This appreciation became evident to me when the 26-year old girl next to me screamed and nearly fainted like a 14 year old Belieber at a J to the Beebz concert would when Chris Thile took the stage.
Anais Mitchell opened the concert, who had performed with them during the earlier leg of the tour. Her lyrics revolved around story telling and her sound was a mixture of the late, great Amy Winehouse and the incredibly quirky Joanna Newsome (she also has a striking resemblance to Ms. Newsome which may have influenced my analysis).