Last night Conor Oberst brought his Upside Down Mountain tour to New York City for a show at Central Park’s Summerstage. The concert featured an opening set by Dawes, who also would go on to serve as his backing band, as they have been all tour.
The first time I saw Dawes was when I accidentally caught an opening set from them at Bowery Ballroom in 2009. Back then I had no idea who the group were, but I knew that they were bound for big things after their show-stealing performance. Here they are, five years later, and for the most part they were the same band, only more experienced and polished. They’re at the point now where they can turn the microphone towards the crowd who had no trouble carrying the chorus of their anthemic hit “When My Time Comes.” The band captivated the audience, surely doing their job as the opening band.
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