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From the Vault: Dawes at Holiday Cheer 2015

Dawes at Holiday Cheer for FUV 2015 (photo by Gus Philippas/WFUV)

Dawes at Holiday Cheer for FUV 2015 (photo by Gus Philippas/WFUV)


Our annual Holiday Cheer for FUV benefit concert has had a few repeat performers, and the return of Dawes to the Beacon Theatre stage was one memorable moment of our 2015 show with Lucius, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and headliner Brandi Carlile. From Kara Manning's 2015 Holiday Cheer recap:

Following Lucius, FUV late night host Darren DeVivo offered a warm salute to afternoon host Dennis Elsas who, in turn, brought out Dawes. The Los Angeles band was making its second appearance at a Holiday Cheer for FUV show; they appeared back in 2011 with Mavis Staples, Josh Ritter and The Head and the Heart. This year for their career-spanning set, the band brought along guitarist Duane Betts, son of the Allman Brothers' Dickey Betts, who joined Dawes as a touring member earlier this year. Betts’s sinewy, robust solos on songs like “Somewhere Along the Way,” from Dawes’ latest release, All Your Favorite Bands, and “Most People,” found on 2013’s Stories Don’t End, raised the game for this popular California group.

Frontman Taylor Goldsmith commandeered the venue like a traveling preacher at a tent revival, leading the crowd in a rowdy sing-along to “When My Time Comes,” from 2009’s North Hills. He blithely described "A Little Bit of Everything" as a song with the unlikely catalyst of “contemplating suicide, overeating and getting married" and Betts's solo expanded it into an twangy epiphany. Dawes has always filtered elements of the Eagles and Jackson Browne with a freewheeling take on folk-rock, but as a live band with the slouching, cowboy-hat-clad Betts in tow, they’ve taken on a bluesy, jam-heavy groove that’s uplifting and irresistible.

Goldsmith is already looking to the future with Dawes, confessing the band’s “collective dream” to play the Beacon Theatre on their own one day.

Next Tuesday, February 5, Dawes does just that, and to get ready, we're going to feature their 2015 Holiday Cheer for FUV: Live from the Beacon Theatre performance on today's FUV Live. Listen tonight at 8 p.m. EST on WFUV or anytime below.

If you want to see Dawes in person, they follow their Beacon Theatre show with one at The Capitol Theatre on February 6.


  • Things Happen
  • If I Wanted Someone
  • Somewhere Along the Way
  • When My Time Comes
  • A Little Bit of Everything
  • Most People

[Recorded: 12/4/15]

Special thanks to MSG Entertainment and The Beacon Theatre.