(WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ) -- When the Center for the Arts at Monmouth University hosts the first event in the 2013-2014 Performing Arts Series, the Jersey Shore will get its first look at a band with a future that's as brilliant as the past masters who helped write their backstory the band called Dawes.
at the Pollak Theatre on the night of September 25, the 8 p.m. show
marks the debut engagement at Monmouth's West Long Branch campus for the
L.A. based group fronted by brothers Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith. It's
part of a busy interlude that's seen Dawes-the-band make a high-profile
appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, and undertake a major
theater and festival tour that brings them from Baltimore to Frisco,
Ottawa to Austin, Little Rock to London all in support of their 2013
release Stories Don't End.
It's also another leg on a musical
journey that has carried the Goldsmiths and bandmates Wylie Gelber and
Tay Strathairn from the mellowed-out milieu of Laurel Canyon to the
concrete canyons of Lower Manhattan, where in December of 2011 they
entertained the protestors of Occupy Wall Street. Along the way, the
band that named its 2009 debut after its North Hills stomping ground has
cemented its status as sought-after players on festival bills from
Newport to Bonnaroo and made many thousands of new friends through a
crisply melodic, folk-infused big beat that departed from the
harder-edged attack of the band's earlier incarnation, Simon Dawes.
influence of such classic "Laurel Canyon" artists as Joni Mitchell,
Jackson Browne and CSN remains in evidence on Stories, an album heralded
by the driving single "From a Window Seat" and its contemplative view
of L.A. as seen from the air. Taylor Goldsmith who also moonlights in
the cult supergroup Middle Brother gets inside the heads of his
characters in "Most People" and "Just My Luck" as few modern songsmiths
do, and the sometimes complex emotions are put forth with crystal
clarity by tight harmonies, smartly ringing guitars, and what might be
one of the genuinely underrated rhythm sections at work today.
for Dawes will be Hayes Carll, a 2011 nominee for "Artist of the Year"
by the Americana Music Association and highly-acclaimed
Scottish-American indie singer/songwriter Johnathan Rice, who also
played Roy Orbison in the Academy Award-winning film, Walk the Line.
for the September 25 concert featuring Dawes are priced at $25, $35 and
$45 and can be reserved through the Monmouth University Performing Arts
Box Office at 732-263-6889, or online at www.monmouth.edu/arts.
Tickets for other upcoming events in the 2013-2014 Performing Arts
series at Monmouth University including Rosanne Cash (November 1), Ani
DiFranco (November 8), and Josh Ritter (November 22) are on sale now.
For more on Dawes, visit www.dawestheband.com .