Some artists — if they’re so dedicated — might craft not just a lasting sound, but a distinct character that fans can celebrate and even infuse into their own way of living.
Futurebirds is a band that has undoubtedly honed its music and its identity with remarkable style and vitality. A winsome, lovable pack of musicians and friends from Athens, Georgia, the indie rock outfit formed back in 2008, and it has built a significant following and carved out its own space as one of the most exhilarating acts out there blending country, rock, and psychedelia.
A room of bright-eyed and giddy onlookers enjoyed an evening with this rambunctious, fun-loving song machine early this week at The Atlantis in Washington DC, a long overdue return to the nation’s capital for a group that in its day has played now-shuddered locales like Rock and Roll Hotel.
Listen to Futurebirds 2022 studio album put out with My Morning Jacket’s Carl Broemel, Bloomin’ Too, via Spotify:
Led by guitarists Carter King, Daniel “Womz” Womack, and Tom Johnson, and bassist Brannen “Bmah” Miles, Futurebirds has built its momentum via longtime friendship and good times on the road defined by a recurring series of destination jaunts to places like the Rocky Mountains and tours alongside likeminded peers.
Whether it’s a private show somewhere up in the peaks, or a gig at the trendiest spot in DC, this crew — currently touring large and loud with seven members — turns every night out into an unforgettable bash set to rousing tunes.
The night of Oct. 2 proved to be just that, as a packed venue played host to a terrific set pulled from the band’s colorful catalogue that features six records and includes 2022’s Bloomin’ Too, released in tandem with the widely respected Carl Broemel of My Morning Jacket.
Fans screamed from start to finish as the band enjoyed what Womz described as its “best Monday night in a long dang time.”
Here are images of Futurebirds performing at The Atlantis in DC on Oct. 2, 2023. All photos copyright and courtesy of Casey Ryan Vock.