The exclusive members-only club on the Lower East Side — an offshoot of the London-based Soho House — offered a swanky setup on the third floor complete with a small stage.
Cape Francis — the project of former Stone Cold Fox singer-songwriter Kevin Henthorn — opened the showcase with seven tracks from his debut album, Falling Into Pieces. As a live act, the one-man band transformed into a six-piece incorporating acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass, keyboard, drums and trumpet.
During the Americana-flavored “What Am I Missing,” Henthorn’s vocal runs intermingled with the trumpeteering as the guitar built to a crescendo that abruptly cut out.
“Olly,” which reached the top of the Hype Machine charts, is propelled forward by a jangly guitar — meandering recorded song feels more condensed in a live setting. Cape Francis’s set ended strongly with a smoky trumpet solo on “Falling Into Pieces” that complemented Henthorn’s soaring vocals.
Next up was Noah Kahan, a Vermont native signed to Republic Records, who pulled up with a four-piece band on acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass and drums.
His eight-track set spanned his collection of singles. The pop-folk song “Fine” demonstrated Kahan’s impressive vocal range that veers between raspiness and falsetto with ease.
The crowd moved closer to the stage during “Hallelujah,” a slow-moving track accented by strong bass lines. But the twangy “Hurt Somebody” worked up the most fans engagement as its undeniably catchy hook had several members of the audience singing along.
Tor Miller, the second youngest artist to join Glassnote Records, closed out the night with one-man indie-pop tunes. Aided by a keyboard, he opened his nine-track set with “Washington Square Park,” a ballad where his falsetto voice built in emotional intensity as it slid into vibrato.
Miller gleefully whipped up a tonal dissonance on “McKenzie,” introducing the song by saying, “This song is about a girl who didn’t like me very much and her name is McKenzie.” The song embraced a joyful tone while he sarcastically belted out the lyrics, “Are you happy now?”
Then his performance became even more unconventional on “What’s On Your Mind.” He introduced the song by telling the audience that he tends to tell his date everything about himself on first dates. During the breakdown, he launched into spoken word storytelling about a weird date: “This is the part of the date … when she’s calling for reinforcements.”
He closed out the evening with “Friends With You,” where managed to pack a lot of emotion into the soulfully sung track about being in love with your best friend.