Intimacy is a huge factor for acoustic shows. Though much larger than what most Chicago folk would consider a small venue, Old Town School of Folk maintains this strange personal connection between artist and audience that I’ve honestly never seen before.

I was only able to catch one song by Your Heart Breaks but I instantly fell in love. Utilizing a loop station, she did a comical sudo-cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.” During the song she interacted with the crowd, at one point making everyone count down from ten to blastoff making the song funny and fun to be a part of.

Kimya Dawson was awesome and full of emotion. She played songs about everything from loving her six year old daughter, Panda, to the sadness of watching a friend die of cancer. The intimacy continued off stage, as she mingled with her fans. By the end of of Dawson’s performance it felt like you knew her.

-Written and photographed by Ryan Zeller