Having already shot Dawes several times already, I think I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed their LouFest set. Even with the incoming storm sending the crowd to nearby tents, the LA quartet played on with the pouring rain.
It’s that time of the year. But before we run down this first installment of my favorite shows attended this year, I wanted to give a huge thanks to everyone that I’ve met through this crazy hobby. STL has some great venues, photographers, reviewers, bloggers, music nerds, venue staff, etc… It’s been great knowing you all. As well, special thanks to KDHX, Eleven Magazine, Speakers in Code, and I Shoot Shows for the fun assignments and every PR contact that was kind enough to take a chance on me.
A double dose of Dawes last night with their first appearance opening for Bright Eyes at the Pageant and then a hop over to Vintage Vinyl for their Nothing Is Wrong release party.
For Dawes fans, it didn’t get much better than last night. Pictures of both sets to come in a few. Until then, enjoy the new record!
The last time I saw The Romany Rye, the Little Rock crew was opening for Delta Spirit and I remember enjoying what I heard. So knowing that they were opening for Dawes this time at The Gargoyle was an added incentive to show up early and catch their set. I found myself remembering a lot of their songs, which is usually a good sign, and definitely had a better idea on how to shoot them this time around (although the lighting during their set was a killer!). Wins all around!
Some nights things just don’t seem to work and due to some mono vs. stereo issue (that’s as much as this non-techie could pick up on) that was the case for Peter Wolf Crier’s set opening for Dawes at The Gargoyle. I’ve seen other bands leave the stage over audio problems, so when the microphones refused to pick up singer Peter Pisano’s vocals, I’m sure more than a few of us were apprehensive about the evening becoming a complete disaster. Thankfully the Minneapolis duo adjusted their game plan and flipped it into an opportunity to deliver a memorable set.
Even though our buddy Travis at 5 Score Pachyderm has been exalting the praises of Dawes for some time now, I put aside listening to North Hills for quite some time. It was a bad decision on my part and to make up for the lost time, the AM-radio folk rock of Dawes has been on constant repeat on my iPhone these last few weeks leading up to their show at The Gargoyle.