Dawes performs at the Warner Theatre on Sept. 15, 2021. (Photo by Casey Vock)
When she opened for Dawes at the Warner Theatre recently, singer-songwriter Erin Rae complimented the venue’s beauty. She’s absolutely right: it’s a gorgeous place, beautifully restored, one of the most attractive in the area. And while you might expect an event in such a elegant room to be a bit staid, this show was anything but: led by frontman Taylor Goldsmith, Dawes play jammed-out versions of both their most popular songs and deep cuts, and they got the crowd involved throughout their performance.
Dawes (Photo courtesy Big Hassle)
California rockers Dawes livestream a show to perform their 2009 debut album North Hills in its entirety via Noon Chorus on Friday, Dec. 4!
Rosanne Cash placed as one of Mark Engleson’s top shows of the year. Read on to see who else made the cut. (Photo by David LaMason)
Editor’s Note: This year, we asked our bloggers to name their Top 10 shows of 2019 or choose their Top 10 photos of the year. We will run them over the course of mid-December as our Best of the Year posts.
Editor (again): After much consideration, the prolific Mark Engleson chose his top 10 shows for 2019.
Dawes performs at Lincoln Theatre on Aug. 6, 2019. (Photo by David LaMason)
Dawes treated a full house at the Lincoln Theatre to an evening of pure rock ’n’ roll magic recently. Their muscular grooves and tender lyrics echoed vestiges of the great Americana and folk-rock tradition, bringing to mind Crosby, Stills, and Nash, The Band, and Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers.
As Dawes jammed out, traces of the Grateful Dead colored their sonic palette. When bassist Wylie Gelber crossed his ankles and almost leaned into his monitor, his lithe frame and wide shoulders resembled the figure of the Dead’s Phil Lesh.
Dawes performs at the Lowell Summer Music Series on Aug. 6, 2017. (Photo by Tim Carter)
Headlining their largest show to date, SoCal folk rock band Dawes brought their literate melodies to Wolf Trap on Thursday. The quartet of Taylor (guitar, vocals) and Griffin (drums) Goldsmith, Wylie Gerber (bass), and Lee Pardini plied their classic Laurel Canyon sound to a highly appreciative, diverse audience.
Dawes (Photo by Magdalena Wosinska)
L.A. folk quartet Dawes released Passwords, their sixth studio album, via HUB Records on June 22. The band has embarked on An Evening With DAWES: Passwords Tour, which will arrive locally at Wolf Trap on Thursday, Aug. 23.