Not so — after ringing the opening notes to "White Shadows" from her debut LP Right From Real, a masked dancer appeared in the crowd. For a second it was unclear whether this was part of the show or just an overzealous audience member really feeling the vibes, but when a second and then a third dancer appeared, it was clear that Ainsworth had moved beyond the stage and planned something immersive for us.
That thinking-beyond-the-music attitude marked the entire set. There were times when Ainsworth abandoned her keyboard and played to backing tracks, and when flanked by the three dancers, she created a spectacularly engaging visual performance.
This was Ainsworth at her finest, separating the music from the act of playing it, bringing something much larger to the stage. It turned what could've been a routine show into a special, unique occasion, and the audience seemed more than pleased to be part of it.