No strangers to Music City (last year alone they headlined The Ryman and Live on the Green, and hosted a special record release show at The Basement East), Los Angeles folk rockers Dawes are continuing their rapid ascent, still reeling with support from last year’s fifth album We’re All Gonna Die, with a two-night return to The Ryman Auditorium this weekend, April 28 & 29. Billed as “an evening with Dawes,” each super-sized show will feature two sets of songs new and old, and with Dawes’ reputation for their captivating, engaging live presence, they’re sure to be a one of the most memorable performances of the spring. While tickets for both nights are still available here and here, they’re going fast, so grab your spot and read on for more on why you don’t want to pass this one up!
Born out of the ashes of Los Angeles indie/post-punk outfit Simon Dawes, Dawes have managed a quick and well-deserved ascent in just over seven years. Made up of brothers Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith, and rounded out by Wylie Gelber and Lee Pardini, the group’s rootsy, folk-rock aesthetic is the product of early jam sessions with the likes of Conor Oberst, Chris Robinson, and Pat Sansone. Influenced by the “Laurel Canyon Sound,” the band have adopted a nostalgic, rock informed flavor of folk, which has nabbed them tours with the likes of Oberst, Mumford & Sons, Shovels and Rope, and M. Ward, and helped them quickly become a festival mainstay, graduating to big stages just a couple years into their career. Dawes have steadily released LPs every other year since their 2009 debut North Hills, most recently last year’s We’re All Gonna Die, in support of which they made a special appearance at The Basement East, and each has been met with critical and commercial success. Known for their engaging, authentic live presentation and nuanced performance style, the band have played the Nashville area numerous times over the years, with both a Ryman date and a Live on the Green spot on their repertoire last year as well. Given their ever-increasing presence, it’s no surprise that the band are playing an impressive two-show run at The Ryman this time around, set to feature “two sets of new songs and fan-favorites” each night, and we urge you not miss out on a chance to see one of the best live acts making music today, whether you’re a newcomer or seasoned fan.
Dawes will perform Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29 at The Ryman Auditorium. The shows are all ages, begin at 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $35 here and here.