North by Northwestern
April 17, 2011
By Sandra Song
It’s a tiny, Thursday-night crowd largely made up of bar-crawlers in search of beer nuts and brews instead of the two Brits on stage singing about old flames and sweethearts. In fact, the audience is so small that Lee MacDougall, a 26-year-old singer-songwriter from London, is able to have one-on-one conversations with a group of girls standing by the stage.
It’s all so intimate that one almost forgets that this is all taking place at Wicker Park’s Double Door nightclub at 9 p.m. on a weeknight. MacDougall is very personable, introducing himself to each member of the audience, asking their names and bantering jovially with all of them. “Everything’s been great so far,” he said. “The reaction’s been really good. Everyone is so friendly, positive and enthusiastic about the music.”
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