William Beckett at Reggie’s, Chicago

This past Sunday evening, I had the pleasure of attending an acoustic set with William Beckett of The Academy Is… at Reggie’s in the south loop. I’ve seen a few other Academy shows over the years (such as the one I reviewed for Muruch last year) and several others to a frenetic hometown crowd, but Sunday’s crowd was the perfect combination of enthusiasm and respect (for the artist and for personal space).

I snapped a few shots and a few videos, but mostly, I just enjoyed the set. William says that despite actively writing and recording new music, it’s still possible this could be his last set of the year. He said at the start of the set how much he’d missed performing and he certainly was as charming as ever– all smiles and playing off the crowd, so something tells me he’ll find a way to find his way back on stage sooner than that. I hope that I’m right. The William Beckett Hour (including the atmosphere created with his decorative touches) has been greatly missed.

More photos from the performance can be found on INK Toronto.

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