Dawes Soothes The Soul At First Avenue Friday Night


After a couple of postponements due to covid, Dawes finally got to rock a sold out Mainroom at First Avenue Friday night. The SoCal based Americana rockers were joined that evening by Nashville Folk artist Erin Rae. 

Erin Rae came on at 8:30, and the Mainroom was already packed. Accompanied by an electric guitarist, Rae’s set was mellow and soothing. The native Tennessean held the room rapt with her songs that touched on themes that would definitely be considered country, but in reality are just a little askew of the norm. The stories that she weaved from the stage were well received by the packed house.

Dawes hit the stage at 9:30 and opened the set with a rocking version of “None Of My Business” off of their latest release Good Luck With Whatever.  Dawes live is a different experience than Dawes recorded. Their recordings are typically lavish productions, elaborately layered and sonically rich. Live, Dawes brings the rock. The songs take on a different personally, rambunctious, loud and celebratory. The sold out crowd was just as boisterous and energetic as the band, which created a magical atmosphere.

The band hit the Mainroom with tunes that traversed all of Dawes studio albums. They dug deep into their catalog, with “Something In Common”, “When The Tequila Runs Out” and “Feed The Fire” being some of the songs that got the loudest reactions. Taylor Goldsmith was relaxed and loose on stage, bonding with the crowd easily. The band was more than performing, they were connecting, sharing deeper conversations and reflecting together the idiosyncratic nature of life.

Dawes brought some much needed normalcy to the appreciative audience during these uncertain times.