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Before Woodstock 50, alt folk rockers Dawes perform at Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on July 30

Before Woodstock 50, alt folk rockers Dawes perform at Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on July 30
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From a press release:

Los Angeles alternative folk rock band Dawes are bringing “An Evening with Dawes: Passwords Tour” to the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday, July 30 at 8 p.m.

The band is also set to perform at Woodstock 50 in Watkins Glen, New York on Saturday, Aug. 17 and is also joining a number of dates on the Outlaw Music Festival Tour featuring Willie Nelson & Family.

Tickets for the Wilkes-Barre show, which are $29.50, $39.50, and $49.50, plus fees, go on sale this Friday, April 26 at 10 a.m. and will be available at the Sundance Vacations Box Office at the Kirby Center (71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre), online at, and by phone at 570-826-1100. A Kirby Member pre-sale begins Thursday, April 25 at 10 a.m.

Every online ticket purchase comes with either a physical CD or digital copy of Dawes’ latest album, “Passwords,” released on June 22, 2018.

Each night of “An Evening With Dawes: Passwords Tour” will feature two sets of music by the band with no opener. The Houston Press says of their live show: “Whether it’s by means of modest love songs or outright rock and roll, the band’s mix of charm, musicality, and unmistakable joy in doing what they’re doing make it nearly impossible not to buy into every note that’s in front of you.”

In the decade since Dawes first emerged from Southern California, the band – consisting of guitarist/singer Taylor Goldsmith, drummer Griffin Goldsmith, bassist Wylie Gelber, and keyboardist Lee Pardini – has carried with them a roots rock sound that nodded to the past – including the West Coast folk singers and cosmic country rockers who chased a similar muse during the 1970s – while still pushing forward.

Over the years that followed their North Hills debut, they evolved and electrified. The grooves deepened. The amplifiers grew louder. Once known for their honest approach to classic sounds, Dawes grew into something different – a forward-thinking, boundary-pushing band for the 21st century, willing to follow inspiration wherever it leads.

“Passwords,” their most recent release, is an album for and about the modern age – the relationships that fill it, the politics that divide it, and the small victories and big losses that give it shape.

“We’re living in such a unique moment in history,” Taylor Goldsmith said. “Many of these songs are an attempt to come to terms with the modern world while always trying to consider both sides of the story.”

NPR Music says that, with their sixth studio album, Dawes “returns to its greatest specialty: smooth and ingratiating California folk rock that never bothers to hide its big, beating, bleeding heart.”

Recently, Dawes debuted “All Your Favorite Bands (Alternate Version),” a new version of the fan-favorite song that initially appeared on their 2015 album of the same name, on Amazon Music.

“Here’s an alternate version of one of our own personal favorites. Ever since I wrote this song, there hasn’t been a single Dawes show in which this song didn’t end the night,” Taylor Goldsmith explained.

“With this version, we get the full band involved a little earlier than you hear on the original. I’m playing the Wurlitzer piano and Dave Rawlings is playing guitar. Hope you enjoy.”