Concert Review: Dawes/Ian O’Neil and Dennis Ryan

Review By: Sean Lynch

Dawes played the Capitol Theatre on July 13, 2016 after co-headlining with Shakey Graves in Portland, Maine on July 12. Dawes played their third show at the theater in the past five years, with performances in 2013 and 2015.

There were questions before the show as to who would take the stage to open up Dawes’ set. The opening act of the show changed due to a scheduling conflict.

Kathleen Edwards was originally slated as the opening performer, but Deer Tick members Ian O’Neil and Dennis Ryan stepped in to open up the show. O’Neil and Ryan were well prepared for the short notice performance and threw together a 45 minute set.

Dawes came out after the opening set finished and put on a powerful set. The band featured touring guitarist Duane Betts who played a huge role in supporting the band L. Betts had some great work with the guitar and took command of many solos during the set.

The band had a nice balance of songs from their most recent album All Your Favorite Bands and the three other albums in their discography. Songs off All Your Favorite Bands including “Things Happen,” “All Your Favorite Bands” and “Now That It’s Too Late, Maria” made the cut along with some older songs including “When My Time Comes,” “Fire Away” and “From the Right Angle.”

Deer Tick will be playing the Hudson RiverStage on July 16 at Pier 97 in New York City.

For a list of Dawes’ tour dates, follow the link here.


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