Nancy Atlas Presents ‘Atlas on Atlas’ at Bay Street

On Friday, February 21, get ready for something a little different: “Atlas on Atlas.”

This week’s Fireside Session at Bay Street Theatre is a show fans have been waiting for since the first song Nancy Atlas ever wrote and played live, “Shades of Blue,” in the 8th grade talent show. “Atlas on Atlas” will be a celebration of the catalog Nancy has written over the years, older songs, fan favorites and maybe even something totally surprising.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE HARDEST PART OF CHOOSING SONGS FOR THE “ATLAS ON ATLAS” SHOW?

As I writer, I love when a lyric has a good twist or makes you think. The slower songs that I have worked the hardest on are often the odd man out of the set list because, ultimately, people want to dance at bars. Bay Street is a perfect venue to really showcase these tunes, and I am truly looking forward to digging deep and creating a special night of music.

I change up my set list every time, and one of my biggest pet peeves is people who come up before a show to look at a set list at my feet to know ahead of time what I will be playing. It’s like trying to find the Christmas presents early. I guess in some way the joke is on them, as I have never stuck to a set list in my life.

There is so much in this age, with all the technology, that isn’t a surprise anymore. So my answer to the question of what I want to play that night is: Whatever mood I’m in that day, or even the moment. We will be pulling older material out of the basket that we never get to play, and maybe even a brand spanking new one to boot. You will just have to come and see. Let us surprise you.

ONE WE’RE DEFINITELY HOPING FOR IS “EAST END RUN.” HOW DID THAT SONG COME TO LIFE?

My father asked me to write a song for him. ‘East End Run’ is that song. Bonnie Grice and 88.3 WPPB have really been so supportive about giving it airtime. Ultimately, I think a lot of people understand that feeling of punching the clock and running out east to get your fill of nature, even the people who live out here and are running from their landscaping job to catch a surf session. It’s really a love song to the East End.

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Showtime is 8 p.m. and admission is $20. Purchase tickets at baystreet.org or at the box office, 1 Bay Street, Sag Harbor, at the corner of Bay Street and Main Street.

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