Song after song Dawes delivers music with such familiarity that you would swear you’ve been listening to it your entire life. And at the Gothic Theatre on Sunday, chances are you had heard this music at least a few times during the long holiday weekend. Dawes ended a three day run in Colorado, which included a stop at northern Colorado’s scenic Mishawaka Amphitheatre and Meadowgrass.
The Los Angeles foursome is made up of brothers Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith, who are joined by bassist Wylie Gelber and keyboardist Tay Strathairn. On Sunday this group, comfortable with Colorado by now, had crowd members singing along even if they hadn’t heard the song.
Their brand of “peaceful easy” music pays tribute to the desert rock that rose from the west in the 1970s. Frontman Taylor Goldsmith’s voice is a dead ringer for Jackson Browne and the music makes nods to the piano and guitar stylings of the Eagles.
The three part harmonies of the Goldsmith brothers and Gelber stole the show on songs like “Fire Away” (“Nothing is Wrong,” 2011) and “Someone Will” (“Stories Don’t End,” 2013). Taylor was vocally overwhelmed by the size of the crowd at the Gothic. “This is the largest headlining Dawes crowd we’ve ever played to,” he said.
And this large crowd even had his back when he forgot entire stanzas to “Just My Luck” toward the end of the show.
“Wow, that’s the sign of a great audience,” he said after the audience had joined in on the forgotten lyrics. “You were all there to help me recover! Thank you.”
Evan Semón is a Denver freelance writer and photographer and regular contributor to Reverb. See more of his work.