Dawes Leaves NY’s Capitol Theatre in Awe


Dawes – The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY (July 14, 2016)


The best part of doing this blog is the fact that I am always being introduced to new music and new bands I ordinarily would not hear if I was just a casual radio listener.  Last January, I attended country super group, Zac Brown Band’s Mexican Music Festival known as “Castaway With Southern Ground”.  On that bill was a number of acts spanning multiple genres of music.  One such band was Dawes, a band I had never heard of at the time.  I did my due diligence getting to know each of the acts appearing Castaway and was more than pleasantly surprised with what I heard from Dawes.  Not only have their four LPs now become some of my most used records, but they have become one of my truly favorite bands in all of music today.  When I heard they were coming to my area and playing the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY, I did not hesitate in the least.


And not unlike what I witnessed in Mexico back in January, Dawes set off like a bullet out of a gun with the rousing I Can’t Think About It Now and never looked back.  It was great to see the entire theater at max capacity, with the crowd singing and even, at times, jumping up and down, to the alternative rock/folk tunes that make Dawes seem so very authentic.  I had a friend with me who was relatively new to their music, but came along because of how much I’ve been talking about them.  And when Duane Betts ripped into his first of numerous solo’s on his electric guitar on that first song, his eyebrows went up and simply stated, “oh wow”.


And that expression really summed up the entire night as each song seemed to turn into its own rock show as all five members of the band showcased their incredible musicianship with Taylor Goldsmith controlling the forefront with his impeccable vocals, unstoppable energy, as well as impressive bouncing skills while ripping the guitar.  Songs such as If I Wanted Someone, Things Happen, Fire Away, and Most People were full on sing-a-longs, while others were complete jam outs admist the original lyrics of the song (Now That It’s Too Late, Maria seemed to turn into a fifteen minute song).  The brothers Goldsmith, Griffin and Taylor, took to the forefront for two passionate acoustic songs, highlighted by the beautiful Take Me Out Of The City. And the entire crowd erupted when the anthemic When My Time Comes (which was recently featured for the NBA Draft) was performed with vigor and zeal.


However, the true highlight of the night, was during A Little Bit Of Everything, which was introduced by Taylor exclaiming “…it’s a weird time right now, but it is times like these that remind us that we love each other a lot.  We are all on the same team!”  The song spoke to the truths of love, heartbreak, and all the feelings you encounter in life.  Taylor sang the song almost with a preaching tone that made the message all that more effective.  And when the band ended the spectacular set with All Your Favorite Bands, another song with a hopeful message, it was clear this band called Dawes is one of the most authentic and talented today’s music has.  They have won me over as a fan and, I am sure, if you were in the building last night, you understood the brilliance that this band has achieved as well.


  1. I Can’t Think About It Now
  2. If I Wanted Someone
  3. Things Happen
  4. Somewhere Along The Way
  5. Bear Witness
  6. My Girl To Me
  7.  Fire Away
  8. From A  Window Seat
  9. Now That It’s Too Late, Maria
  10. How Far We’ve Come
  11. Take Me Out of the City
  12. From the Right Angle
  13. A Little Bit of Everything
  14. When My Time Comes
  15. Most People
  16. All Your Favorite Bands